ERA Skills

ERA is working to meet the demands of the changing energy landscape. Initial focus has been on increasing the supply of highly-trained, skilled postgraduates across the spectrum of energy research. Utilising the current breadth of research in the region with over 500 academics and 1000 energy researchers, ERA wants to develop the best energy researchers and create a talent pipeline to secure the UK’s position as a leader in energy research and innovation. Currently this skills programme has focused around doctoral training.

An investment from the ERA partners of over £3m has enabled us to develop a cohort of over 50 PhD students who are all studying for energy-related PhDs. The programme is designed to provide researchers with a solid grounding in energy during their PhD. The programme enables high quality PhD students to address industry-led research challenges. The programme is designed to broaden horizons and empower and support students to develop contacts and links within the broader energy environment.

ERA offers students:

  • Access to additional specialist training modules across the university partners and the BGS
  • Specially tailored events, workshops and joint conferences
  • Industrial placements
  • Focus on industry-led research challenges
  • A network of like-minded researchers and entrepreneurs


All ERA participants are encouraged to take an active role in the development and growth of the ERA student community both within and across Institutions and Industrial partners.

For more information please visit the ERA website.