The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced 22 new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). One of these, a new £7.8m Centre for Structural Integrity & Materials for Offshore Wind and Marine Renewable Energy, will be led by Cranfield and they will partner in a second new centre.

The Centre of Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) will train fifty Engineering Doctorate (EngD) students over an eight-year period, admitting ten new students each year for five years starting in October 2014. This is a collaborative partnership between Cranfield University and the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford.

The University’s offshore renewable energy engineering activity led by Professor Feargal Brennan has evolved from a sustained world-leading research presence in the offshore Oil and Gas sector for over thirty years and now covers a spectrum of applications from wave, tidal stream and wind power.  

Professor Brennan, REMS Centre Director said: “Offshore and Marine Renewable Energy is one of the most exciting areas for talented young mechanical and structural engineers beginning their careers. The REMS Centre working alongside other national initiatives will ensure the UK leads the world in the development, implementation and cost-effective operation of offshore structures for Wind, Wave and Tidal Power.  

He continued: “Our partnership with Oxford University, who has been at the forefront of academic developments for over thirty years in offshore Geotechnics particularly for foundation design, brings together unprecedented world-class research and training expertise in Offshore and Marine Structures.”

REMS other partners include Arup, Atkins, Centrica, DnV, Dong, E.ON, EDF, Fugro, GE, Mojo Maritime, Qinetiq, RES, RWE, Skanska, Tata Steel.

Cranfield are also partnering with The University of Warwick in the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing. It will produce the next generation of manufacturing business leaders with a high level understanding of interdisciplinary enterprise, the research experience essential to compete in a global low carbon environment, and an international view of Sustainability and the Circular Economy. The Centre will address industry-driven research challenges including: establishing natural or recovered materials as feed-stocks, reducing process inputs and outputs without compromising performance or economic viability, extracting high value materials from waste streams, and ultimately establishing economic and environmental sustainability.

REMS is the second EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training at Cranfield. The STREAM programme – an Industrial Doctoral Centre for the water sector was awarded funding in January 2014.

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Centres for Doctoral Training
Centres for Doctoral Training are one of the three main ways by which EPSRC provides support for Doctoral Training. The other routes are the Doctoral Training Grant and Industrial Case Studentships. It is anticipated that much of the need for doctoral students in many areas will continue to be met by the DTG and ICASE, which together make up more than 50 per cent of EPSRC’s current spend on studentships.

CDT students are funded for four years and the programme includes technical and transferrable skills training as well as a research element. The centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues, and future challenges. They also provide a supportive and exciting environment for students, create new working cultures, build relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry.


22 Centres to be supported:
  • University of Bath EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics at Bath (SAMBa)
  • University of Birmingham EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Formulation Engineering
  • University of Bristol EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics
  • University of Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Analysis (Cambridge Centre for Analysis)
  • University of Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sensor Technologies and Application
  • Cranfield University EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS)
  • University of Edinburgh EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematical Analysis and its Applications:Maxwell Institute Graduate School in Analysis & Applications – MIGSAA
  • University of Edinburgh EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging - Training the next generation of scientific entrepreneurs in healthcare technologies
  • University of Glasgow EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrative Sensing and Measurement
  • Imperial College London EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative NDE
  • Imperial College London EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials
  • King's College London EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Non-Equilibrium Systems
  • University of Leeds EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Particulate Products and Processes
  • University of Liverpool EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantification and Management of Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments
  • Loughborough University EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine
  • The University of Manchester EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Materials for Demanding Environments
  • Newcastle University EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data
  • University of Oxford EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Imaging
  • Queen Mary, University of London EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Media and Arts Technology
  • University of Southampton EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems
  • University of St Andrews EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis – CRITICAT
  • University of Warwick EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing (EngD)

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Energy and Power at Cranfield

Cranfield has been a leader in energy and power for 20 years. Our expertise includes low carbon energy supply, power generation, advanced fossil fuel technologies and transport systems. Our teaching and research covers offshore renewables, oil and gas engineering, the production and clean utilisation of fossil fuels, combustion and power generation through to bioenergy and the utilisation of wastes as fuel.

We have long-standing strategic partnerships with Alstom Power, BP, Centrica, Chevron, Doosan Babcock, Dong Energy, Petrofac, Rolls-Royce, Shell, Siemens and many others.

Our world-class facilities include the Structural Integrity Laboratory, which has a wide range of equipment to study the mechanical behaviour of components and material samples up to 250,000 tonnes and has machines unique to any university in Europe, and the Ocean Systems Test Laboratory, designed for model testing at the early stage of marine renewable projects.