Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
£15 million to train next generation of quantum engineers
Government commits up to £15 million to train the next generation of quantum engineers.
The government has yesterday (23 March 2015) committed up to £15 million to train the next generation of quantum engineers who will build innovative new products like 6G smartphones.
The funding – via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – will be used to create a number of quantum technologies ‘skills hubs’ across the UK, which will work in partnership with industry to deliver training and career development programmes for PhD students.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
From cameras that can see through smoke to cracking down on internet fraud, quantum technologies are taking innovation to a whole new level and offer an unparalleled opportunity to shape the next generation of high-tech products that will improve our day-to-day lives.
This £15 million investment will ensure we have the flexible, highly-skilled workforce needed to turn these futuristic ideas into a reality.
Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark said:
Quantum technologies are set to transform the way we live, pushing the boundaries of knowledge which will benefit healthcare, communications and security.
Quantum skills will allow us to bring game-changing advantages to future timing, sensing and navigation capabilities, in a sector that could be worth more than £1 billion to the UK economy. That is why we are investing up to £15 million to train specialists with the right entrepreneurial and business skills to ensure we have the talent to keep us ahead of growing international competition.
The investment comes in response to yesterday’s publication of a national strategy to stimulate growth in quantum technologies in the UK.
Launched by the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, the strategy highlights the billion-pound potential for the UK as a world leader in this field.
Notes to editors:
- The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will shortly issue a call for proposals.
- The National Quantum Technologies Programme is a cross-government programme with activity supported across the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK, the National Physical Laboratory, Defence Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
- In November 2014, the programme invested £120 million in a national network of UK university-led quantum hubs. These are led by the universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York and focus on quantum sensing and metrology, quantum sensing and imaging, quantum computing and simulation, and quantum communications, respectively.
- These hubs include a further 13 universities and 132 companies and have leveraged over £60 million of additional direct and indirect support alongside government investment.
Latest News from
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
UK joins world-leading research programme to help develop medicines of the future20/03/2018 14:20:00
The UK yesterday (Monday 19 March) signed the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser (XFEL) convention in Berlin, Germany.
Rushlight Cleantech Conference25/01/2018 14:47:00
Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry announces the first phase of UK government’s energy innovation investment portfolio.
Government to clamp down on unsafe lasers09/01/2018 10:12:00
Government announces new measures to tackle the sale of unsafe laser pointers.
Government announces landmark campaign to inspire next generation of engineers17/11/2017 10:22:00
The Year of Engineering will see government and industry offer young people across the UK a million direct experiences of engineering in a major push to tackle skills gap.
£29 million boost for bioscience11/04/2017 16:12:00
Business Secretary announces funding for bioscience project during visit to Scotland as part of UK-wide Industrial Strategy engagement tour.
£290 million boost for clean energy in Britain04/04/2017 14:25:00
The second Contracts for Difference auction for renewable technologies was launched yesterday.
Government welcomes £240 million strategic Toyota investment16/03/2017 16:15:00
Toyota Motor Europe has announced it is investing £240 million to upgrade its car plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire.
Government demands more action from Whirlpool on faulty tumble dryers17/10/2016 13:20:00
Consumer minister writes to Whirlpool UK asking for reassurance that everything possible is being done to ensure the safety of consumers.