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Environmental project between Queen's University Belfast and Aberdeen receives £5m funding

PhD students will be taught the skills and understanding to lead environmental research

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Queen's University's environmental research and teaching centre joined forces with Aberdeen University today in a £5million collaboration that will create 100 places for PhD students.

The funding, provided by the Natural Environment Research Council, is to boost the students' skills and understanding needed to lead environmental research.

Dr Jennifer McKinley, from the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast, said: “Queen’s University is delighted to work in partnership with the University of Aberdeen and NERC to deliver this unique PhD opportunity for 100 students here in Belfast and Aberdeen.

"We are well placed to embrace and champion the sustainable development goals embedded in NERC throughout research objectives, training and partnerships both within the UK and internationally.”

Professor Mark Emmerson, from the School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University, added: “Managing sustainability is one of the most challenging and rapidly growing areas in both the public and private sectors.

“This initiative with Aberdeen and NERC will improve both interdisciplinary academic training and research to enable the next generation of scientists to work with industry and policy makers to drive towards positive environmental change.”

Professor Graeme Paton, head of Aberdeen University's school of biological sciences, said: “It is no longer the case that the majority of PhD candidates go on to pursue a career in academia, and QUADRAT has been developed to address this – we will ensure that our PhD candidates are equipped for a broad range of career paths."

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He told the Press and Journal: “By bringing together our world class expertise, this partnership will offer candidates the opportunity to carry out studies which fit into several themes – Environmental Management, Biodiversity and Earth Systems.”


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