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University set to invest £3 million in PhD students

Published: Sunday, 26 June 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Birmingham City University has set its sights on powering societal, cultural and economic improvements in the West Midlands by announcing a £3 million investment into doctoral research scholarships.

The investment will fully-fund new PhD students, allowing them to carry out high-quality strategic research that will help collaborations with various organisations in the region, as well as underpinning the university’s teaching and learning.

Birmingham City University is well-renowned for conducting world-leading research in the creative arts, which, when added to the sciences, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) creates multi-disciplinary capability called ‘STEAM’.

What will the funding allow?

The money will be able to fund 50 doctoral students – set to be known as STEAM scholars – to study for a doctorate in priority areas with the university’s four faculties, working alongside the institution’s academics and also collaborating with regional organisations.

Alongside the STEAM investment, there are also other investments in helping fund PhD students, including the Midlands 3 Cities doctoral training partnership, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The Government gave Birmingham City University £14 million to transform the former Typhoo tea factory into a collaborative innovation centre, which will have a focus on connecting the arts to science, technology and maths to support economic growth and create up to 10,000 jobs.

Importance of postgraduate study

Earlier this year the Government emphasised the importance of postgraduate research studies such as PhDs and master’s degrees, and also introduced postgraduate loans for the first time.

According to Professor Keith Osman, director of research at Birmingham City University, the knowledge that those on the STEAM program generate will not only build the curriculum, but will also power collaborative research.

The West Midlands has become one of the most significant hotspots for new start-up businesses, providing exciting opportunities for the university to link up and collaborate on research projects.

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