Sponsoring an EngD or PhD

​The REMS Centre provides opportunities to fund research activities for both EngD and PhD students within the participating universities, who are open to discuss potential areas for sponsoring through the programme at any time. Indicative but not exclusive areas of research interests are the following:

· Structural Design & Integrity
· Manufacturing
· Geotechnics

A decision on which projects are to be funded through the REMS Centre will be made in the first quarter of the new year. Student recruitment takes place between March and August with students beginning their studies in September each year and joining their sponsors in January. A key feature of the industrially sponsored students is the fact that they can remain at their work environment for at least 75% of their time.

Benefits in sponsoring EngD projects include:

· Research focused on key technical issues for real projects
· Academic guidance from world class universities
· Driven delivery in a controlled budget
· Personal development of the sponsored student
· Internal staff development through wider knowledge sharing
· Technical innovation to enable enhanced margin
· Strengthened academic links with benefits via consultancy activities

Market Visibility
· Opportunity to be known as an industry partner in the CDT
· Network opportunity at annual REMS Conference
· Sponsored research may lead to new contracts and work
· Increase in publication profile, with possible impact on IP commercialisation
· Network opportunities for the candidate in the CDT, at the Universities and at conferences

Staff Recruitment & Retention
· Could assist in attracting the high calibre graduates to the company
· Aids staff retention
· Training modules available to other staff at cost

There are similar benefits and opportunities in sponsoring PhD students, where the majority of the research activity will take place in the host University rather than the host company.