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Southampton boasts two new Centres for Doctoral Training

Professor Les Carr - Southampton

Professor Les Carr – Southampton

The University of Southampton has received a funding boost with two new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).

Southampton’s new CDTs are in addition to the 72 Centres unveiled by the EPSRC back in November 2013, when three new CDTs involving also Southampton were announced.

The University is leading the CDT in Web Science Innovation, which will train 65 students, says the university – that’s 13 students per year over five years – to innovate in the shaping of Web growth, Web practices and Web policy “to lead UK industry and government to reap the maximum economic and social value from its emerging digital economy”.

“Web Science offers the insights necessary to understand the flow of data and knowledge around the globe, and the social and technical processes that can turn gigabytes and terabytes of raw data and into valuable new applications or evidence-based policy, said Professor Les Carr, one of the directors of the CDT in Web Science Innovation.

“It also helps us appreciate the threats to our online identities but also the opportunities of allowing our personal digital avatars to participate in new kinds of online businesses, online politics and online social engagements.”

Southampton has also established a CDT in Energy Storage and its Applications in collaboration with the University of Sheffield. The CDT will recruit 60 students (12 students per year over five years) to continue the UK’s prominent position in this sector, bringing together world leading research and training expertise in the fields of:

  • Electrochemical energy storage (e.g. batteries, supercapacitors, flow cells)
  • Thermal storage (e.g. phase change, cryogenic)
  • Superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES)
  • Mechanical energy storage (e.g. flywheels, compressed air)
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