DMU to help train next generation of global problem solvers


De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) will help to train postgraduate researchers to harness digital technologies.

DMU’s Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR) will be part of a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) led by Nottingham University, which will train a community of 65 future research leaders.


CDTs train the brightest postgraduate researchers to tackle pressing global challenges and keep the UK at the cutting edge of scientific research.

DMU will be involved in the CDT in ‘Horizon: Creating Our Lives in Data’, which will bring together leading figures from computing and engineering as well as the social sciences, business and humanities.

The centre is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and works closely with partners in industry. It is co-funded by over 40 industry, third sector and international partners and aims to make products in smarter and more responsible ways.

Professor Rusi Jaspal, DMU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: “At DMU, our PhD students form an integral part of our research community.

“Their ground-breaking research projects are making important contributions to addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and projects under this new CDT will undoubtedly focus on SDG16, for which DMU is the designated UN Global Hub. Our membership of this new CDT will have a significant impact on DMU research.”

Professor Laurence Brooks, Director of DMU’s Doctoral College and lead for the DMU contribution to this CDT said: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for our students to work with colleagues in the University of Nottingham and industry, on exciting projects with excellent funding and support. We are looking forward to this collaboration immensely.”

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The announcement was made by Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore, who highlighted the importance of investing in postgraduate researchers.

Mr Skidmore said: “As we explore new research to boost our economy with an increase of over £7 billion invested in R&D over five years to 2021/22 – the highest increase for over 40 years – we will need skilled people to turn ideas into inventions that can have a positive impact on our daily lives.

“The Centres for Doctoral Training at universities across the country will offer the next generation of PhD students the ability to get ahead of the curve. In addition, this has resulted in nearly £400 million being leveraged from industry partners. This is our modern Industrial Strategy in action, ensuring all corners of the UK thrive with the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

“As Science Minister, I’m delighted we’re making this massive investment in postgraduate students as part of our increased investment in R&D.”

Posted on Tuesday 5th February 2019

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