MP voices his support for new oil academy

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HAVANT’S MP David Willetts has thrown his support behind a £1m investment to help train the next generation of people in the oil and gas industry.

Six of the oil industry’s biggest names have confirmed additional funding support for the new Centre for Doctoral Training in Oil and Gas, of which the University of Southampton is a partner.

The companies supporting the centre bring the total investment to £9m.

The new academy, based at venues around the country, will train 90 PhD students over the next six years.

Mr Willetts, the minister for science, said: ‘The shared funding from industry and government that is going into this centre will nurture a future generation of experts to provide technical and intellectual leadership for decades to come in one of the UK’s great industries.

‘It is an excellent example of how our industrial strategy is helping industry and government to work together and align research investment with priorities for economic growth. I am delighted businesses are supporting it.’