Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT)
In addition to promoting early-stage STEM subjects, the Catapult supports career pathways through to post-doctoral level. The 2018 skills survey, published by the Electronics Skills Foundation, identified a pressing need for higher educational qualifications by UK companies. In response, the Catapult supported the 2019 formation of a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in compound semiconductors at Cardiff University, sponsoring a cohort of PhD students.
Working on cutting edge research, the PhD students spend time at the university, and complete their PhD studies at the Catapult, creating a highly sought-after qualification that combines academic rigour with industrial experience. The Catapult is working on similar programmes with Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield universities.