Researcher at Bangor University's waste water surveillance lab

Bangor University hosts centre to develop a new generation of environmental scientists

Davey Jones, Professor in Environmental Science and Public Health at Bangor University said:

“Being named as a host for the NERC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training is an exciting step for Bangor University’s School of Environmental and Natural Sciences. It is an opportunity for us to continue to play a part in improving real-time monitoring and management of freshwaters, building on our reputation in wastewater-based public health surveillance and the catchment-to-coast flow of pathogenic organisms and potentially harmful chemicals. 

“Training will focus on challenge-led multidisciplinary research and problem-solving skills. That is, as a hosting partner we’ll be providing PhD students with the necessary skillset to build careers in research, business and public service by developing a deep understanding of how to work together to try and solve complex societal and environmental problems.

“PhD Students will benefit from access to leading research facilities, international networks and whole-system ‘living labs’ to provide the in-depth knowledge and breadth of understanding required to enable a step-change in managing environmental health. We are particularly excited that the River Conwy in North Wales has been named as one of the four Living Labs in the CDT.”

This investment is first time NERC has funded four new Centres for Doctoral Training in one year, and follows the announcement in November 2023 that NERC would rebalance its doctoral provision from 2024: Update on NERC future doctoral provision – UKRI

The move also supports the transition to collective talent funding across UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) with the aim of improving the flow of talent across disciplines and sectors in research and innovation.

NERC’s new CDTs will take their first cohort of students from October 2024.

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