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New Doctoral Training Centre in Photonic Systems Development

 New Doctoral Training Centre in Photonic Systems Development

Photonics Devices

The Department has been awarded a £7.1 million grant by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to set up a Centre to train a new generation of researchers in photonic systems. The Centre, which is the result of a joint proposal between researchers at UCL and the University of Cambridge,will train students to PhD level in the skills needed to produce new photonic systems for applications ranging from information display to broadband access and industrial materials processing.

Students will spend the first year of the programme being trained in a broad range of enabling skills at both Cambridge and UCL, which will equip them to become leading edge researchers in the field. A Master's degree will be awarded on completion of the first year programme. Students will then register at either Cambridge or UCL for a PhD degree, working on projects defined by research groups active in photonics from across both universities.

The Centre will be working with over thirty companies, who will be supporting projects and contributing to the Centre's research programme. Collaborative links have also been formed with leading universities and research centres elsewhere in Europe, in the USA and in Asia for student and staff exchange.

Professor Alwyn Seeds, the Centre Director said "We are delighted that our bid to create this Centre has been successful, the only doctoral training centre in photonics to be funded in the UK. It is a tribute to the international excellence of the research activities in this area at both Cambridge and UCL. The combined strengths of the groups involved provides a training environment for leading edge research towards future photonic systems that is hard to beat, worldwide."

The first students will join the Centre in October 2009 and recruitment is already under way.

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