Centre for Doctoral Training

What is a Centre for Doctoral Training?

Centres for doctoral training, as funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, are centres which aim to fulfil EPSRC priorities and aim to “secure the future” supply of graduates in specific disciplinary areas. EPSRC-funded CDTs offer exciting and innovative learning environments to give students the opportunity to develop and carry out their PhD-level research with the added benefit of taught courses to give them a solid background in and knowledge of their chosen discipline.

Why is there a need for a Statistics and Operational Research CDT?

EPSRC are seeking to grow the national research base in Statistics and Operational Research (STOR) — two areas which have long been acknowledged as shortage subjects.

STOR-i’s ambitious programme calls for a major expansion in and integration of Lancaster University’s doctoral training and recruitment efforts in STOR along with its embedding in a research programme with a major focus on industrial engagement and relevance. We believe strongly that a highly visible centre whose mission has a clear industrial focus will prove highly attractive to high achieving candidates.

Our unique training programme will develop a new generation of STOR graduate whose research demonstrates excellence with impact across academic, scientific and industrial boundaries. We have no doubt, given the quality and focus of our training programme and the current scarcity of broadly trained STOR graduates, that our graduates will be in great demand across a wide range of sectors. 

Only through a Centre for Doctoral Training is there a sufficient critical mass of students to justify the delivery of a novel and exciting training programme integrating statistics, operational research and industry. In particular, it is this critical mass of like-minded students who are keen to engage with industry which make STOR-i so attractive to industrial stakeholders.

How is the STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training funded?

The STOR-i CDT is funded by a £4.3M award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. EPSRC are committed to funding “Securing the Future”  Centre for Doctoral Training within the UK.  

Additional funding for STOR-i to date includes £540K direct funding, with another £536K of in-kind contributions from several leading UK industries. Lancaster University is also providing funding estimated at around £1.34M over the period 2009-2017.

Other EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training

There are a number of EPSRC-funded CDTs within the UK supporting a large variety of disciplines. Click here to view a full list of EPSRC-funded CDTs.

There are only two other CDTs in mathematics and statistics in the UK:  

  • CCA – Cambridge Centre for Analysis, University of Cambridge
  • InFoMM – Industrially Focused Mathematical Modelling, University of Oxford
  • LSGNT – London School of Geometry and Number Theory, UCL, Imperial College, King’s College
  • Mathsys – Mathematics for Real-World Systems, University of Warwick
  • MIGSAA – The Maxwell Institute Graduate School in Analysis and its Applications, University of Edinburgh and Heriot Watt University
  • MPE – Mathematics of Planet Earth, University of Reading and Imperial College
  • OxWasp – Statistical Science, University of Oxford
  • PDEs – Analysis and Applications, University of Oxford
  • Risk – Quantification and Management of Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environment, University of Liverpool
  • SAMBa – Statistical Application Mathematics, University of Bath
  • Systems – Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science, University of Oxford

Lancaster’s centre differs from these in its particular focus at the interface of statistics, operational research and industrial collaboration.