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The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has announced results for proposals from universities and partners for Doctoral Training Programmes. This replaces NERC's former system for allocating studentships directly to university departments.   The  purpose of this change is to ensure PhD  students will be equipped with a wider range of specific skills that will enhance  their employability in a wide variety of academic, commercial, media, and  government sectors and to ensure training is focused on NERCs strategic  priorities and/or priority skills needs.


The  announcement on 4 November covered 1,200 studentships that will be awarded over  the next five years: 240 PhD studentships per year. These will  be distributed over 15 successful DTPs with a total programme budget of £100  million.


The Museum is a hosting partner of four DTP proposals, as follows:


  • Great  Western 4 Plus (GW4+) DTP (28 studentships per year)
    • Lead - University of Bristol

    • Hosting and Training Partners - University of  Exeter, Cardiff University, University of Bath, The Natural History Museum,  British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Plymouth Marine  Laboratory, Met Office
  • Spitfire  DTP (15 studentships per year)
    • Lead - University of Southampton
    • Hosting and Training Partners - National  Oceanography Centre, The Natural History Museum, British Antarctic Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Marine Biological Association, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, HR Wallingford
  • London DTP  (24 studentships per year)
    • Lead - University College London
    • Hosting and Training Partners - Birkbeck  University of London, Brunel University, King’s College London,  Queen Mary University of London, The  Natural History Museum, British Geological Survey,  Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Met Office, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew,  Zoological Society  of London - Institute of Zoology
  • Science  and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) DTP (15 studentships per year)
    • Lead - Imperial College London (Grantham  Institute for Climate Change)
    • Hosting and Training Partners - The Natural History Museum, Met Office, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Royal  Botanic Gardens Kew, Zoological Society of London - Institute of Zoology

In addition to development and supervision of DTP-related project proposals, Museum staff will provide lectures, practicals, field trips, and other elements in professional development training courses. Museum staff have particular expertise in theprinciples and practice of taxonomy, collections, systematics and taxonomy of particular groups, presentation skills, communication of science to public audiences, scientific publishing and scientific media work.



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