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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics

Inaugural UK Fluids Conference 2016

We are pleased to make a preliminary announcement of a new annual UK Fluids Conference that is to be organised jointly between the EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds and Imperial College:

Our hope is to attract academic and industrial researchers from a wide range of disciplines who have a common interest in fluid flows, with a particular emphasis on encouraging PhD students from around the UK to attend.

Discover Campaign 2016

The launch of a collective website, Discover, will help prospective PhD students to identify the best opportunities in the six Faculty of Engineering EPSRC* Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). The CDTs – Bioenergy, Fluid Dynamics, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Complex Particulates, Products and Processes, Tribology, and Next Generation Nuclear – represent over £14m funding from EPSRC, and have 200 PhD scholarships available over five years. Next Generation Nuclear and Tribology are joint centres with the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield, respectively.

“Each CDT represents a very broad range of projects and students from almost all areas in science and engineering are eligible to apply. With some overlap between the work of the different centres, there is great potential for students to apply for studentships at several centres and if successful, select the one that suits them best,” explains James McKay, Centre Manager. The Discover campaign will enable sharing of information to make sure the best applicants find the best places.

Application deadlines for entry in September 2016 are different for each CDT. More information can be found at
*Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

The School of Mathematics completes refurbishment

On 18 September 2015 Vice Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands officially opened the newly refurbished School of Mathematics Building, ready for students arriving for the new term. Over the last 12 months the School of Mathematics has undergone a major refurbishment, in the final stage of a three part project, to transform it into a 21st century learning facility, which provides a variety of new study environments. The CDT in Fluid Dynamics supervisors based in the School of Mathematics now have access to modern seminar rooms and teaching space to deliver the Foundations of Fluid Dynamics module, a key taught module which is part of the Fluid Dynamics programme. Read more.

Cohort two join the CDT

Our second set of 9 CDT students have joined us at the CDT in Leeds, they are from a broad range of backgrounds including Petroleum Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering. The students are now working on their first semester of taught activities as part of the MSc component of the programme. The students are all located together in the same office, which has already proven valuable as the first cohort are able to support the second cohort as they navigate the University and the programme. To find out more about our new cohort and why they chose the CDT see their student profiles.

CDT Fluid Dynamics Co-Director, Professor Doug Parker wins Vice Chancellor’s Impact Award

Professor Doug Parker has recently been recognised by the University of Leeds Vice Chancellor's Impact Awards for his work on the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis (AMMA). The awards recognise outstanding examples of the contribution that the University's research makes to society. Four awards were made across the University, with Professor Parker's work representing the Engineering and Physical Sciences category. He studied the impact of the West African monsoon on the African and global environment. For more information, please visit:

CDT Fluid Dynamics Management Board member, Professor Cath Noakes led study on hospital design and spread of infections

CDT Fluid Dynamics academic, Professor Cath Noakes, and other researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a quantitative model to predict how the design of hospitals can affect the spread of infections. This computer model predicts that multi-bed hospital wards increase bacterial hand contamination by 20% compared with single-bed wards. Understanding exactly how bacteria spread could improve the way we design and clean our hospitals, and train healthcare workers. The researchers' findings were presented at the British Science Festival in Bradford.

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Summer 2015 Updates

The EPSRC CDT in Fluid Dynamics has recruited 9 students for September 2015 entry. These students come from a range of backgrounds, including Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Aeronautical Engineering.

The students first week will include a two night residential induction at Weetwood Hall, where they will get to meet the staff, find out a bit more about the research going on in the CDT and get to know one another through a variety of activities. The Centre’s current cohort of students are coming to the end of their first year, and have begun working on their PhD projects. Details of the students’ PhD projects are available on their student profiles.

MSc Team Projects

A key part of the PhD/MSc Fluid Dynamics programme is the interdisciplinary MSc team projects which run over semester two of year one. These projects involve aspects of mathematical modelling, experimentation and computational simulation. The current cohort of CDT in Fluid Dynamics students have successfully completed the following MSc team projects. Please click on each project to view the students' posters which they presented at the CDT in Fluid Dynamics launch conference in April 2015:

Each project was co-supervised by a team of supervisors from different disciplines and where appropriate an industry mentor. For more information on the MSc component of the programme and MSc team projects please visit:

The first steps of cohort one

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fluid Dynamics has welcomed its first cohort of 12 students. These students have a wide range of backgrounds, including Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. The cohort attended a three day residential induction at Weetwood Hall as part of their induction week. Students were able to meet academics and industry partners involved in the Centre, learn more about the programme and research activities of the Centre’s internal and external partners.

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Training to address critical challenges

Over 40 new PhD students will begin work on critical engineering and scientific challenges this term as they join one of four new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) which have been established with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The four CDTs – which will take around 200 students over the next five years – are Bioenergy, Complex Particulate Products and Processes, Fluid Dynamics and Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.

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Fluid Dynamics in action

The use and importance of Fluid Dynamics in a real world setting, in particular Computational Fluid Dynamics is highlighted by the BBC describing the Met Office acquisition of a supercomputer to improve weather forecasting and climate modelling. To find out more see:

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics 

University of Leeds celebrates successful bids in a £350 million training scheme for engineers and scientists.

The University of Leeds has been successful in its bid to host two new training centres for PhD students, in plans announced today by Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts.

The new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Bioenergy and Fluid Dynamics are part of a £350 million national scheme – the UK's largest ever investment in post graduate training in engineering and physical sciences. The funding, targeted at areas vital to economic growth, has been allocated by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

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