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January 2009 

£3m training centre for energy researchers of the future

The Midlands Energy Graduation School (MEGS), led by the University of Nottingham, is being established to provide a unique training programme for the energy researchers of the future. MEGS will also provide expertise for knowledge transfer across the spectrum of energy research.

MEGS will be run by the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) - a flagship collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University and The University of Nottingham - which also hosts the £1bn UK Energy Technologies Instutute (ETI). Core funding of almost £3M for MEGS was awarded to the consortium by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

MEGS will accelerate the supply of highly trained graduates and postgraduates with specialist knowledge and multidisciplinary ability, equipped with a broad understanding of energy technologies and practical engineering skills. The graduate school will also pilot and develop new methods of training and research collaboration. This will be targeted at delivering a new breed of engineers and scientists to address the urgent challenges for realising the UK Government's vision of a low carbon economy and cutting edge research.

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