The Open University is part of a consortium of research universities which is getting a share of £100m to foster doctoral training in the environmental sciences. The funding, from NERC, was announced by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, on 4 November, and will support 1,200 PhDs across fifteen partnerships. The OU’s partnership consortium is led by the University of Birmingham.
The OU’s sector-leading Virtual Research Environment will be at the heart of the doctoral training partnership and will be used by students across the consortium. Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Scholarship and Quality at the OU, Professor Tim Blackman, said: “This is a hugely important strategic investment in the UK’s environmental sciences and I very much welcome The Open University playing its part as a member of the Central England NERC Training Alliance. This partnership will offer a high-quality training experience for PhD students and help them to go on to future success in academia and industry.”