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Student Equipment Access Scheme

Applications closed 22 Dec 2020

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The Royce Student Equipment Access Scheme has now closed for applications. 

To enquire about the progress of any submitted applications please contact

The Student Equipment Access Scheme (formerly the PhD Equipment Access Scheme) provides funding for research students to utilise equipment and learn new techniques to support a single package of work for their research.

Students can identify a specific piece of equipment they require or discuss what techniques might work best for their research with our experienced Research and Facilities Managers.

What equipment does Royce have?

As the national institute for advanced materials, Royce has an extensive catalogue of equipment including facilities to make, test and characterise materials.

Visit the Royce Equipment Catalogue here.

Applications to the Student Equipment Access Scheme should involve one of the below:

  1. Development of new materials, systems or processes
  2. Improving understanding of the performance or failure of materials or materials systems
  3. A materials issue which is impacting the study in some way
  4. Method development which would widen the scope of the Royce’s capabilities
  5. Aligns with any of the Royce Core Research Areas.

Please read the Student Equipment Access Scheme Guidance Notes in full before making an enquiry.

Case Studies

“I can’t praise the scheme enough as an opportunity to work not only with new equipment, but especially to do so with the support of expert staff…”

Morgan Lowther | PhD Student | University of Birmingham

“It was a really simple application process and when I came to undertake the study I was working alongside highly qualified technical staff who also helped me to interpret my initial results…”

Stephen Mckillop | PhD Student | Ulster University