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PhD students offered research development places

Nottingham Trent University has introduced a sector-leading innovation to support the development of the next generation of researchers.

The university has designed its ‘Vice-Chancellor's Researcher Development Scheme’ to enable the strongest research students to take their first steps towards a career as a future research leader.

These new one-year, fully-funded, full-time research associate positions will be created for those students starting a university-funded PhD in the 2016-2017 academic year and cover a broad range of disciplines, from art and design to biomedical science.

Each research student will be assigned to a different research project, working alongside academics and their collaborators. Projects will include areas such as: internet addiction; helping developing countries to generate clean water by using discarded refrigerators to extract humidity from the air and developing new design-based treatments for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke and brain injury.

Steve Allin, Head of Nottingham Trent University’s Graduate School, said: “We are committed to delivering outstanding research and our new Vice-Chancellor’s Researcher Development Scheme demonstrates the investment that we are willing to make to support research excellence and nurture research talent. It is consistent with our commitment to research that is demonstrated by the university having just been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its world class research.

“We believe that this scheme is an exciting and unique offer within the sector which offers PhD students the chance to continue their research and begin their academic careers with a guaranteed one-year position as a postdoctoral research associate. To enter the scheme, students will need to have, or be about to gain, a first-class honours degree and be able to demonstrate, during their PhD studies, that they are capable of producing impactful research to support their ambitions as a future research leader; it is a tremendous opportunity.”

The Vice-Chancellor’s Researcher Development Scheme is open to applications from current Nottingham Trent University students as well as students from other institutions.

Up to 50 fully-funded PhD Studentships are being offered at the university for 2016.