Dave Muirhead responds to publication of the UK Government's North Sea Transition Deal
Dave Muirhead, Head of the University of Aberdeen’s School of Geosciences, responds to today’s publication of the UK Government’s North Sea Transition Deal, where the GeoNetZero Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is named as occupying a key role in future skills development. The University is a key partner in the CDT, which is led by Heriot-Watt University and involves several other UK universities as partners.
“We are delighted that today’s publication of the UK Government’s North Sea Transition Deal has highlighted the GeoNetZero Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) as a key player in future skills development.
“As the only UK Higher Education initiative named in the report, the CDT - which is led by Heriot-Watt University and involves a number of UK universities including Aberdeen - is recognised as being key to developing and supporting the skills required as part of the energy transition. Indeed, the document highlights its potential for future government funding, which is testament to the important role it can play in this regard.
“Being at the heart of the UK’s energy industry in Aberdeen, the School of Geosciences is at the forefront of teaching and research in areas related to the energy transition, for example in areas such as C02 sequestration, under the broader remit of the University’s Centre for Energy Transition.
“This reflects a decades-old pattern of constantly updating and adapting our courses to reflect industry priorities, ensuring that we continually produce quality graduates with the skillsets to make a real and lasting contribution to the sector. This reflects the ambitions of the University’s Aberdeen 2040 strategy in terms of supporting our regional economy, and will continue to be vital if national and global ambitions around the energy transition are to be realised.”