Leeds to head up CDT in New Forms of Data

The CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, will be led by Professor Mark Birkin.

Professor Mark Birkin next to the omniglobe.

The CDT will be established in partnership with the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and Manchester, and will receive £2.2 million from the ESRC.  The Centre will also receive substantial contributions from each of the partner Universities, as well as financial and in kind contributions from industry partners.

It will provide a coherent, high quality experience for a cohort of 52 PhD students, exploiting complementary interests in key areas and a tradition of collaboration between these Universities.

The Centre will build upon and extend excellent relationships with a very wide variety of non-academic partners to deliver high impact outcomes for research and for the UK economy.

After winning funding, Professor Mark Birkin - who is also the Director of the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics - said: “The CDT will further efforts to bring together researchers from different disciplines, including social scientists, mathematicians, computer scientists and sensor experts.  This project has clear potential for positive economic impact at a local, national and global level by using data analysis to generate new knowledge."

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