Prospective students at the 2013 Open Day Prospective students at the 2013 Open Day

Oxford University has been awarded Doctoral Training Partnership funds from NERC to support 24 doctoral students in environmental research for the next five years.

The University is one of 15 to be awarded NERC funds amounting to 10 million. The funding will train the next generation of environmental sciences across a range of disciplines including atmospheric physics and biodiversity. The School of Geography and the Environment are included in the programme which will involve partnerships with, among others, the British Geological Survey and the Met Office.

Academic staff of the School, who hope to benefit from working with the students, presented possible research proposals to prospective students at the Open Day (pictured) on the 27th of November.

The doctoral training programme will combine interdisciplinarity, encourage collaboration and train the students in public engagement. The students will also developing in-depth knowledge and expertise relating to their aspect of environmental science. The first students will be enrolled on courses from October 2014.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: 'This significant investment highlights the government's commitment to supporting postgraduate training and research in the environmental sciences. Not only will this initiative benefit students, UK research organisations, business, industry and the economy, it will keep us at the forefront of the global science race.'