Introduction To the CDT
Launched in September 2014, the Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) offers an exciting learning environment that provides students with the opportunity to develop and carry out PhD-level research. A CDT has the added benefit of taught courses to give students a solid background in their chosen discipline.
This CDT is a partnership between the Universities of Exeter, Bath and Bristol and Cardiff University.
The course is four years long. The first year is taught at the University of Exeter. In the remaining three years, students complete a supervised project at one of the four partner universities. Sometimes this project is completed in collaboration with an industrial partner.
The WISE CDT was awarded a £5.2M award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) aimed at securing the future supply of graduates. The EPSRC funded centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues and future challenges. They also provide a supportive and exciting environment for students, create new working cultures and forge lasting links with industry.
Water informatics (also known as ‘hydroinfromatics’) is a relatively new discipline that seeks to take full advantage of the proliferation of remotely sensed information from space or ground based sensors with increasing capabilities in terms of spatial, temporal and spectral resolution. Information and knowledge gained from data allows more efficient and reliable monitoring and management of the water cycle over time at global, regional and local scales. Water informatics deals with the intersection of ‘big data’ with ‘smart technologies’, to deliver more sustainable water solutions over these diverse scales.
The WISE CDT includes:
- A supported cohort-based doctoral training experience
- Transferable, enterprise-focussed soft skills training, with particular emphasis on project management, knowledge exchange and public engagement
- Focus on national and international publications of peer reviewed conference papers prior to graduation
- Formalised career development and placement experience at overseas academic or industry partners
- Engagement with the British Science Association and the RCUK funded “Public Engagement with Research Catalyst” projects