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I see centres as being a way that we respond to that,” says Neil Viner, associate director of the EPSRC.
Other British funding agencies are now following the EPSRC’s lead, and several funders abroad are either considering adopting similar systems, or already working on it.
This year, for the first time, it has funded more students through centres than through research grants (see ‘Training in transition’).
Some academics worry that the centre-based approach will squeeze blue-sky research out of Ph D programmes — and deprive senior scientists of eager assistants.
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The United Kingdom, adds Borrell-Damian, is a leader in many other innovative aspects of Ph D reform, such as co-supervision with an academic and an external supervisor.
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DTC courses last four years rather than the three of a standard UK Ph D, and include formal coursework as well as lab experience.
Britain’s main physical-sciences funding body, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), has opened more than 50 DTCs, most of them in 2009.
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