Dialogue with industry is constantly undertaken and contributions to the course in whatever form (venues, expertise, projects, data and funding) are welcomed. The partnership is wedded to quality assurance, governance and holding a two-way dialogue with industry to ensure the NERC CDT meets all of its objectives. The Industry Advisory Board comprises members from each of the nine core industry sponsors and the Chair of that Board sits on the NERC CDT Management Board. Industry experts are also members of the PhD Awards Committee and the Training Academy Committee so that the CDT management team remains best informed and flexible to research trends, industry wishes and environmental needs. Nautilus, a leading provider of training to the oil & gas sector, is an associate partner and provides access to a portfolio of optional courses for students to select in years two and three of their PhD studies. Another recognised industry training provider, AGR Tracs, also runs some of its courses specifically for CDT cohorts.
In short, this new initiative provides an important, new opportunity for a once-in-a-generation game-change in academic training and research in Oil & Gas. Never before has NERC invested so heavily in this area. The partnership is determined to ensure that the programme succeeds and looks forward to having a fruitful dialogue with industry that places the student experience at its heart and serves the best interests of the UK as we face the energy and environmental challenges that are with us now and which will grow in the future.