The National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) doctoral
studentships were first offered through the UK Research Councils in
2017. TECHNE was awarded thirteen studentships commencing in September 2017, with a further four studentships in the area of artificial
intelligence for September 2018. Collaboration between a university and
an organisation outside higher education is a key feature of NPIF
studentships: each has a clear spine which triangulates between student,
supervisor and business.
The eighteen NPIF students, spread across seven TECHNE universities,
are part of our TECHNE cohort but have their own distinct group within
it. Please see below for an outline of TECHNE's NPIF students, their research projects and partner organisations. TECHNE is developing a clear cohort identity for these students
through a spine of specific events to articulate the debate between
research, creativity and business. NPIF students are encouraged to share
their collaborative experiences with other students to raise awareness
of, and interest in, industrial and business engagements amongst all
students. The scheme has the potential to have a lasting effect on arts
and humanities ECRs.