The E-Futures Doctoral Training Centre
Making the transition to a low carbon economy whilst ensuring a secure energy supply is one of the greatest challenges facing the UK today. Recognising this grand challenge, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has awarded £7M to the University of Sheffield to establish E-Futures, a Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) for energy research.
The £9.1M E-Futures DTC offers industry-focussed training across a broad range of energy-related topics, with the aim of training skilled researchers with a thorough grounding in technical and social issues of 'sustainable power generation' and 'demand reduction'.
E-Futures draws together world-class research within 13 academic departments, across 3 Faculties. It brings together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today's evolving issues regarding energy generation, management and supply.
The Centre also represents a new working culture, fostering relationships between teams in universities and forging lasting links with industry and other external organisations.
Students will receive a formal programme of taught coursework to develop and enhance their technical interdisciplinary knowledge, and broaden their set of skills. Alongside this they will undertake a challenging and original research project at PhD level.