Universities get government funding to produce cyber security warriors

The grants aim to address the national need for cyber security expertise at all levels

Royal Holloway, University of London has received a £3.8 million grant to host a new centre for doctoral training (CDT) in cyber security.

The grant has been made by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

A similar grant has also been made to the University of Oxford. The grants aim to address the national need for cyber security expertise at all levels by boosting the number of PhD graduates with relevant skills.

Professor Keith Martin, director of the information security group at Royal Holloway, said: "While Royal Holloway has operated an excellent graduate school in cyber security for many years, a CDT represents a significantly different approach to research training, and we are looking forward to taking on the great responsibility of delivering graduates who will directly benefit the country."

The Holloway grant will fund ten PhD scholarships in three annual intakes. Students will attend one year of courses in advance of their three year research programme, and will experience varied placements in industry during their studies.

Royal Holloway has already secured the backing of around 30 organisations from across the cyber security sector, including IBM, McAfee, Thales, Vodafone and Logica.

David Willetts, minister for universities and science, said: "These new centres will produce a new generation of cyber security specialists, able to use their skills and research expertise to improve cyber security and drive growth."

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