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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data (Horizon CDT)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data (Horizon CDT)

We are seeking talented and enthusiastic students to join the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) from September 2021. We are an interdisciplinary Centre welcoming applicants from a wide range of backgrounds including computer science, engineering, mathematics, human factors, psychology, sociology, business, geography, social science and the arts. Applicants must demonstrate an enthusiasm for transdisciplinary research, with a 2:1 honours degree, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent to that level.

Our EPSRC funded Creating Our Lives in Data programme is establishing technologies and methods to enable producers and consumers in the Digital Economy to co-create smarter products in smarter ways, to re-establish trust in the use of personal data. Smarter products combine physical and digital technologies to deliver personalised blends of goods, services and user experiences. These are made through co-creation and data creativity in which consumers actively engage in shaping the products they use.

The Centre brings together leading figures from computing and engineering as well as the social sciences, business and humanities from the University of Nottingham; plus researchers from the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University. We are co-funded by EPSRC and over 40 industry, third sector and international partners.

Our students are innovating applications across sectors including consumer goods and food, creative industries, high value products, and health and wellbeing – seeking out new synergies between them. We do not expect every student to be an expert in all of the areas mentioned above; our aim is to train people to work in transdisciplinary teams, ready to become future leaders in industry, the third sector and academia.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Creating Our Lives in Data (Horizon CDT)

Our innovative four year PhD programme combines research, technical and professional skills training, a placement with a partner organisation, and opportunities for international exchanges. The programme is led by Professor Steve Benford, previously an EPSRC Dream Fellow, Visiting Researcher at Microsoft, the BBC’s first Visiting Professor, and the recipient of four BAFTA nominations; and Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, who led the Human Factors Research Group, and is Past President of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics.

You will benefit from:

  • A fully-funded four year PhD programme that integrates a leading-edge research project with research training in transdisciplinary skills.
  • A placement with a partner organisation and opportunities for international exchange.
  • An enhanced stipend of £17,400 per annum
  • Being part of a cohort of high achieving PhD researchers.
  • A world class research environment with a track record of 70 successful Horizon CDT graduates to date.
  • Developing highly sought after interdisciplinary skills and exp

Applicants must demonstrate a capability to undertake and benefit from PhD research training. This normally requires an upper second class honours degree, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent to that level.


Find out more on the Horizon CDT website


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