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Deputy First Minister Announces Saltire Prize Doctorate

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for a Saltire Prize-sponsored doctorate to study how marine energy projects can be designed to maximise economic energy production while protecting the environment.

The Saltire Prize doctorate brings together expertise from two of Scotland’s university research pools, the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) and the Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (MASTS), with input from each four official competitors.  The student will be supervised by Prof Ian Bryden at the University of Edinburgh, with co-supervision by Professor Jon Side from the Orkney Campus of Heriot-Watt University.

“Scotland's universities and research base have been key to the success of offshore renewables. The Saltire Prize PhD will enhance this collaboration between industry and academia,” the Deputy First Minister added.

ETP chair Prof Sir Jim McDonald, co-chair of Scotland’s Energy Advisory Board and Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said:

“I’m delighted that the academic community in Scotland is able to support the prestigious Saltire Prize competition in this way. By bringing together world-leading industry and academic expertise while supporting the research leaders of tomorrow, Scotland is in an ideal position to manage the engineering and marine science challenges that are fundamental to the large-scale deployment of renewable energy technologies.”

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