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Nov. 5, 2020

Keele University is partner institution in new £4 million postdoctoral centre

Keele UniversityA new Centre for Postdoctoral Development in Infrastructure, Cities and Energy (C-DICE) is to be established in the UK following a £4m funding award by Research England.

Keele University is going to be a partner institution of C-DICE – which is led by Loughborough University in partnership with the Universities of Birmingham and Cranfield University. C-DICE will bring together 18 higher education institutions from across the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) and the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC). It will also include industry and other stakeholders including Engie UK, the Building Research Environment (BRE) Trust, Manufacturing Technology Centre, HS2 and Severn Trent Water. These, and other partners, have pledged a further £3.4m in cash and contributions, making this the biggest investment in postdoctoral development in the UK.

The aim of C-DICE is to develop world-class postdoctoral researchers who have the advanced technical skills needed for the infrastructure, cities and energy sectors. The researchers from across the C-DICE network will benefit from Keele’s campus-wide ‘living laboratory’, having access to facilities including the £15m Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) project*, and the hydrogen-blending project HyDeploy.

Keele University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Mark Ormerod, explains, “It is great to be announced as a partner institution of C-DICE. It’s really important that as we strive to build an increasing network of sustainable infrastructure, we produce talented researchers who are able to drive complex research challenges forward and help to realise the goal of achieving net-zero carbon.”

Professor Ormerod continues, “This partnership provides unique opportunities for Keele’s postdoctoral researchers to engage in world-leading research on sustainable infrastructure, cities and energy, as part of a major collaborative network with other leading institutions and industry partners.”

Meanwhile, C-DICE Director and Head of Researcher Development at Loughborough University, Dr Kathryn North, says, “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to create a world-class centre which will put the UK at the forefront of post-doctoral development in infrastructure, cities and energy. We have established a great partnership involving industry, 18 higher education institutes and UKCRIC and ERA, and I am confident that this will provide the perfect environment for postdoctoral researchers to reach their full potential.”

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Content added on 5th November 2020. 

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