Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)
In 2007 the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC) launched a £250m initiative to create 44 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the UK, to train over 2000 doctorate students.
CDTs are a bold new approach to training PhD students. They are an initiative widely supported by business and industry. The aim of each centre is to create a community of researchers working on current and future challenges. The multidisciplinary centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues. They also create new working cultures, build relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry at a range of levels from SMEs to large, multinational corporations.