Progressing the circular economy through industry-led research

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University (Sunday Times' University of the Year 2018) and EnviroSystems UK Ltd (Queens Award for Innovation 2006)

1 Year Enterprise-led Funded Masters by Research, Ref. No. 91

  • Get paid £15,000 tax-free
  • Have you tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,000 towards your fees, meaning UK/EU students pay £2,260, and International students pay £15,945.
  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation with a cohort of 50 talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D.
  • The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your Masters from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018.
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

The Project

Deriving value from waste and promoting a transition to a circular economy is one of the greatest challenges of the current generation. We cannot keep taking, using and throwing away valuable materials. Two of the most important aspects of the circular economy are reducing natural resource consumption and reduction/reuse of waste materials (i.e. diverting from landfill).

This project focuses primarily on the reduction/reuse of waste materials, drawing on the world-class laboratory research facilities available at Lancaster University and Envirosystems’ twenty years of experience of turning waste materials into useful products. It will be predominantly laboratory-based, allowing some provision for spending time at Envirosystems’ newly commissioned production site in Garstang and Head Office in Preston. The project will have two principal strands:

  1. Developing Envirosystems’ existing waste-derived products to improve their environmental credentials and their value to their large customer base;
  2. Developing new product lines through analysis of a wide range of waste materials.

The selected candidate will therefore gain a broad range of experience from the Masters project and will prepare them for positions in either academia or industry. This includes valuable laboratory experience and skills in analytical chemistry (including NMR, mass spectrometry), purification technology (including chromatography) and preparative chemistry; as well as real-world experience and business exposure by spending time with a cutting-edge SME (Envirosystems).

For this Masters project an interest in sustainable development and analytical/ synthetic chemistry is essential; along with a degree in Chemistry (or related subject) at 2:1 or above.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University, with supervision by Professor Joe Sweeney, and input from Dr Henry Russell of Envirosystems Ltd.

EnviroSystems, based at Barton near Preston, has developed a reputation in the industry as an innovative and research-focused company as evidenced by gaining a Queens Award for Innovation in 2006 for its development of waste materials into high-quality animal bedding (EnviroBed®). It has recently embarked on an exciting chapter in its history through the commissioning of a production plant for processing waste materials, initially for the agricultural sector. This new plant has prompted the advertised Masters project and through collaboration with Lancaster University it is looking to advance value to its customers and progress the wider circular economy.

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This project is part funded by the European Regional development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. For further information about the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, please see our website.

Application deadline

28th of October 2018

Start: January 2019