University of Strathclyde
Within the Institute for Energy and Environment (InstEE), which itself is part of the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE), which is itself part of the University of Strathclyde, we have 4 research groups:
- Advanced Electrical Systems and Power Systems
- Power Electronics Drives and Energy Conversion
- Renewable Energy Technology
- High Voltage Technologies and Electrical Plant Diagnostics
The Institute is one of the largest electrical power engineering and energy technology university research groups in Europe, with a £35M portfolio of activities. Its 200 staff and researchers undertake a balanced portfolio of basic, strategic and applied research, covering the key technical and policy aspects of energy systems. It provides an extensive range of services to industry and the public sector, including research collaboration, knowledge exchange, continual professional development and consultancy services.
In the latest (REF 2014) UK rankings, the InstEE at Strathclyde placed #1 University in Scotland, and #3 in the UK, for “Electrical Power” research.
Within InstEE, there are 2 established EPSRC “Centres for Doctoral Training”: one in Wind/Tidal energy, and one in “Future Power Networks and Smart Grids”. Under these schemes, students undertake a 4-year programme including a first year of targeted training, followed by 3 years of (largely industrially relevant) PhD research. These schemes accept 10 and 11 students per year, respectively.
Additionally, for other PhD students within InstEE, undertaking normal 3-year PhD studies, we have introduced the “Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development” (PG Cert RPD) (http://www.strath.ac.uk/rdp/pgrcredits/). PG Cert RPD is a unique approach to the training of postgraduate research students (PGRs). All PhD students have to attend training events and complete relevant modules/work/experience to accumulate 60 credits during their studies. A comprehensive list of available modules and credit-bearing activities is available across 4 defined experience “classes”, plus one elective class, mapped onto the domains of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework:
- RD901 Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities (20 credit)
- RD902 Personal Effectiveness (10 credit)
- RD903 Research Governance and Organisation (10 credit)
- RD904 Engagement, Influence and Impact (10 credit)