As part of its continuing commitment to doctoral training, Manchester Business School has made a significant investment in the new Doctoral Training Centre for Power Networks awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to The University of Manchester, a bid led by Peter Crossley, Professor of Power systems, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Four MBS Professors – Paul Cousins, Nuno Gil, Syd Howell, and Jian-Bo Yang – took an active role in bid development and will share the opportunity to recruit and train up to 10 PhD students over the next eight years to produce highly skilled PhD graduates with the ability to understand the design, construction, operation and financing of power networks in the broadest technological, social, political and environmental contexts.
The reliance of society on energy means that the power networks sector can offer graduates an exciting, rewarding and secure career with numerous opportunities for diversification. On completion of their doctoral studies, the graduates will have a significant competitive advantage over traditional PhD and direct-entry graduates in their future Power Network careers.
To attract the highest quality graduates, the industrial partners will fund an increase in the student stipend (for all students) to £17,500pa (i.e. significantly above the EPSRC’s recommended minimum stipend).