A new £9m Centre for Doctoral Training to teach the next generation of top level geoscience and environmental researchers in oil and gas, has been officially launched at Heriot-Watt University
The Centre, which involves 17 UK universities, the British Geological Survey, the National Oceanographic Centre and nine sponsor companies, is funded by £2.7 million from NERC, £5.3 million from the host higher education institutions and has more than £1 million already pledged by the nine industry sponsor companies.
The academy is supported by major oil exploration and production companies – including BG, BP, ConocoPhillips, E.ON, Maersk Oil, OMV, Shell, Statoil and Total.
Each of the PhD students will have a Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) Young Professional mentor, all of whom have direct ex¬perience of the role that geo- and environmental science plays in meeting the energy challenge. The first intake of 29 students will rise to 93 over the next two years.
Professor John Underhill, Academic Lead for the NERC CDT in Oil and Gas, and Shell Professor of Exploration Geoscience at Heriot-Watt University, said, “I am delighted that the vision for training and research encapsulated by the CDT in oil and gas has been supported and endorsed by the Research Council, Government, Industry and Academics alike.
“It provides a unique opportunity to undertake and contextualise oil and gas research and training to address the energy challenge to keep the lights on whilst respecting and addressing any environmental impact it has.”
Keith Gerdes, Chair of NERC’s Advisory Board and American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ European Region President, added, “The CDT is a truly game-changing initiative, which represents the most exciting development in the provision of training the energy industry in the UK that has occurred in my career.”
Heriot-Watt University – Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015
Meanwhile, Heriot Watt University has also opened its doors to students and young professional energy researchers from all other universities and colleges, as well as from young graduates working in the Scottish energy industry to enter the inaugural Heriot-Watt University – Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015.
The competition was launched by Professor Stephen Chapman, Principal of Heriot Watt University,at the University’s first Energy Showcase event where more than 120 energy industry experts gathered to hear about research and partnership opportunities to drive innovation in the sector.
This new competition is now open for entries and prizes in the following categories will be presented in May 2015 by Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism:
- Energy and the Environment
- Energy in the Marine Environment
- Energy Materials and Storage
- Energy and Fossil Fuels
- Energy Infrastructure and Society
- Energy Entrepreneurship
Candidates should send applications for the Heriot-Watt University – Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015 by email to:
The deadline for entries is 31 January 2015.
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Following a series of presentation by experts from the Energy Academy, a lively panel discussion – with questions from the floor – was held, covering a range of current energy issues, including carbon capture, shale, renewables, and options for reducing C02 emissions.
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Speaking about the new awards, Professor Stephen Chapman, Principal, Heriot-Watt University, said:
“The Heriot-Watt University Energy Academy is a pan-university initiative supported by all Schools at our Edinburgh, Orkney and Borders campuses. It has two principal objectives: to consolidate energy research activities and facilitate interdisciplinary programmes, both within the university and with other higher education institutes, and to ensure external parties can easily gain an appreciation of our vision, skills-base and active research projects in energy.”
Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer – Robert M. Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering, and Director of Heriot Watt University’s Energy Academy, said;
“Regardless of the direction of travel in terms of energy policy, most people would agree that it must be clear and consistent so that researchers, investors and developers can make robust decisions that allow future generations to inherit a stable and sustainable energy infrastructure based on effective and affordable technology.
“Through the Heriot-Watt University – Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015, we look forward to bringing together academic research teams and companies that would benefit from new technologies.”
Mark R. Whittet, Executive Director of Scottish Energy News, said: “Having played a leading role in providing the energy sources for the first industrial revolution in the 19th century, Scotland is again prominently placed to play a leading role in the second industrial revolution in the 21st century.
“As a nation, we have the potential to maximise economic returns from fossil fuel exploration and recovery in the North Sea at the same time as pioneering leading technological innovation in exploiting Scotland’s large wind and wave power resources on a global scale – given the right ambition and encouragement.
“Heriot Watt university – and its Energy Academy experts – are already making a highly positive contribution to this 21st century industrial revolution and we hope that the Heriot-Watt University/ Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015 will help to stimulate, accelerate, recognise and reward the brightest brains in the process of energy and engineering innovation for the national – and international – good.”
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To be eligible for the Heriot-Watt University/ Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015, applicants should have worked in the energy sector for less than 10 years. Applications from nominees or their sponsors should demonstrate one or more of the following:
- An excellent academic record relevant to their peers at the same stage of their career at this point
- Outstanding career progression or achievement in their chosen field of Energy research
- For the Energy Entrepreneurship category, evidence of entrepreneurial achievement in the eyes of their peer group
The competition is open to any:
- Graduates enrolled on accredited programmes of learning, whether full- or part-time or on distance learning courses;
- Post-graduates from any Scottish university currently undertaking – or who have completed – a programme of study/research;
- Researchers employed in their chosen field of research or who over the last 10-years have at some time undertaken energy research in Scotland
The Energy Academy offers a wide range of consultancy services to business and industry, including R&D, expert witnesses, professional advice, technical analysis and reports, use of laboratory facilities and language translation services.
The Energy Academy business development team can help link companies into world class research and expertise; Facilitate collaborations, joint industry partnerships, strategic alliances and Knowledge; Identify appropriate funding mechanisms for collaborative work; offer consultancy support; provide cutting edge facilities and technical support; Provide students for placement opportunities
Based at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and at the International Centre for Island Technology in Stromness, Orkney, Energy Academy engineers, scientists and researchers collaborate on R&D with colleagues in other universities, working across a wide range of themes including: Advanced energy materials; CO2 capture, storage and utilisation; Energy markets and policy; Energy and the built environment; Energy storage and networks; Energy-economy-environment interactions; Modelling and quantification; Oil and gas; On-shore and off-shore wind energy; Solar and wave and tidal energy. Emerging themes also include biomass, geothermal energy, hydro-power and nuclear energy.
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