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PhD numbers on the rise at SAMS

PhDs projects will enhance our knowledge of the seas
PhDs projects will enhance our knowledge of the seas

SAMS will further increase the current record number of PhD students already at the Dunstaffnage institute following the announcement of two successful doctoral training partnership (DTP) applications.

As part of two successful collaborative applications to a £100m Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded programme, SAMS is now part of the ‘SUPER’ and ‘E4’ DTPs.

These projects, led by the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS) and St Andrews University respectively, are included in a total of 17 DTPs across the UK and will likely boost the number of PhD places at SAMS, currently numbering around 40.

The PhD studentships will be available over the course of five annual admissions, starting in the 2019/20 academic year. Each DTP will recruit a number of students every year, which will create a cohort of students who will network, train, and tackle challenges together. 

SAMS Director Prof Nicholas Owens welcomed the DTP announcements, adding: “PhD students enrich the environment we are in because they are full of new and bright ideas. They are the next generation of lecturers professors and science leaders and they do great research.

“Our PhD students learn a lot while they are here but they help us through their research and their contribution to undergraduate study. They are excellent role models for our younger students.”

DTPs will train the scientists of tomorrow by providing the scientific, professional and technical skills that increase the UK's scientific capability to solve economic problems. Together, DTPs will train the highly skilled workforce that the UK needs for its future as a leader in cutting edge research, innovation and sustainable economic growth.