First students arrive at the Centre for Doctoral Training
Thursday 3 October 2019
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Prosthetics and Orthotics welcomed its first postgraduate students this week.
Worldwide demand for artificial limbs, braces, footwear and other devices which help people recover from injury is accelerating, but manufacturers and practitioners require a rare combination of clinical, medical and engineering skills.
The CDT is set to train up to 60 individuals to doctoral level over the next eight years to address the skills gap at home and abroad. Our first 12 students arrived on site this week and were welcomed by academic staff and current PhD students in the School of Health and Society.
The centre combines expertise from the University of Salford, Imperial College London, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Southampton, with more than 25 global industry partners and national facilities. Our aim is to create a new generation of highly skilled researchers who can deliver the technology and service innovations needed to meet the aspirations of prosthetic and orthotic users.
New students Sam Peppiette, Tiereny McGuire and Zain Shahid told us they were really looking forward to getting started in their studies and had enjoyed their first day meeting other students and hearing more from staff about what the course involves.
Tierney said: “My partner is in the military, so that really led to my interest in prosthetics. I think this course is interesting in that it brings together students from lots of different backgrounds and skill sets; there is a real mix of people with academic experience and people from a clinical practice background too. I can’t wait to get started!”
The new CDT students are joining Salford from across the UK and will all study here for six months before some return to their home institutions (either Imperial College London, the University of Strathclyde or the University of Southampton) while the others will stay at Salford for the remaining four years.