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Engineering: Higher Education

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his policy is on funding for postgraduate courses in nuclear engineering. (255942)

It is the role of the Research Councils to make decisions on the funding of postgraduate courses. The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) is the main UK Government Agency for funding research and training in nuclear engineering. The EPSRC has invested £1 million and industry partners £1.6 million to the Nuclear Technology Education Consortium, involving 11 institutions, to provide masters level training for the nuclear industries. The EPSRC also funds the £7.1 million Postgraduate Nuclear Research/Nuclear Engineering Doctorate programme in Nuclear Engineering, based at the university of Manchester. Successful candidates receive a standard EPSRC doctoral stipend enhanced by a contribution from a sponsoring company. We are currently looking at the supply and demand for postgraduate courses in nuclear engineering in the years to come.