DCU chosen as host location for Ireland-UK doctoral training centre in advanced manufacturing
12 February 2019
Dublin City University (DCU) has announced that that it has been chosen as the host location for the establishment of a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Advanced Metallic Systems (AMS).
The designation is a joint award by the state agency Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the UK’s main organisation for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences.
Train 26 PhD research students within Ireland over next nine years
The centre will train 26 PhD research students within Ireland over the next nine years and 75 PhD researchers in the UK. The Irish component is funded by SFI and the UK component by the EPSRC. The PhD projects will be industry-problem-based projects for companies sponsoring the AMS CDT.
The CDT is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield, University of Manchester, University College Dublin and Dublin City University, and the Irish component is led by Professor Dermot Brabazon at DCU.
President of Dublin City University, Professor Brian MacCraith, said: “DCU is delighted to have been chosen as the host location for the Centre for Doctoral Training.
“The university has established a significant reputation in the areas of advanced manufacturing and processing technology and the establishment of the centre at DCU is an endorsement of our expertise in this area.
“DCU has a particularly strong focus on the development of skilled talent appropriate to the major needs of the 21st century economy and, through the new centre, we will make a significant contribution in this area by supporting over a hundred PhD students.
‘Manufacturing sector second largest employer in Ireland’
“The manufacturing sector is the second largest employer in Ireland and the centre will play a key role in both growing our knowledge base in the area of metallics manufacturing and in responding to industry’s skills needs.”
Prof Brabazon said: “The UK and Ireland has a critical shortage of doctoral level metallic materials specialists, which impacts on our competitive manufacturing capabilities.
“In this CDT, we deliver 4-year doctoral projects with technical and leadership training for STEM graduates, designed specifically for and with industry, to support high-value manufacturing across the whole supply chain, from fundamental research through to high economy impact industrial delivery.
“This is a great opportunity for the PhD researcher to gain the skills and experience needed to become leaders in the dynamic area of advanced manufacturing, as well as for the sponsoring companies to solve their manufacturing challenges while directly accessing the next generation of highly trained graduates.
Expertise and facilities at DCU
“In providing this training, the expertise and facilities at DCU fit well with those at the universities of Sheffield, Manchester and UCD. In particular, the complementary metal additive manufacturing, powder metallurgy, laser processing facilities, staff research expertise, industry engagement, and training facilities all enable a much higher level of training provision than would be otherwise possible.”
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