The EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing was officially launched yesterday by Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, at the House of Lords.

The Centre, an exciting collaboration between the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield, will offer an International Engineering Doctorate, awarded jointly by the three institutions.

It will address industry-driven research challenges around sustainability; 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.

The three Universities will play a major role in training the manufacturing leaders of tomorrow through a four year research and taught skills programme which will see them address a challenge put forward by an industry sponsor, and in the process achieve both a Doctorate and an MSc in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, EngD (Int), as well as invaluable professional experience.

Professor Lord Bhattacharrya, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for businesses to harness pioneering research in order to tackle a specific manufacturing challenge facing their sector. Talented research entrepreneurs can make a real impact on society and create outputs with real world applications.”

EPSRC-funded Centres bring together diverse areas of expertise from both academia and industry 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 research students and create new working cultures, building relationships between teams in universities and forging lasting links with industry.

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About Cranfield University

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

Manufacturing Doctoral Training Centre

This higher research degree is associated with our Manufacturing Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). The Manufacturing DTC encompasses ten major research themes that benefit from the clear synergy between engineering materials, manufacturing technology and manufacturing management, supported by a strong and fundamental engineering and science base. This provides a powerful combination of multidisciplinary skills that ensures both industrial relevance and academic rigor that builds on state-of-the-art industrial scale research and development facilities that differentiate the Cranfield activity from other universities.

A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside the generic core skills training programme, provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities with Cranfield’s wider research community.