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DEI delighted to welcome new energy scholars from Mexico

(7 November 2016)

Some of the new students funded through CONACYT / SENER

Durham Energy Institute (DEI) was delighted to be able to welcome the new cohort of international scholars who have recently arrived at Durham University at the annual International Postgraduate Scholars’ Welcome.

The event, organised by the International Office, welcomed new international postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers from abroad and particularly celebrated those exceptional students who have won internationally prestigious scholarships. The event was held in the elegant surroundings of the Oriental Museum in Durham, a specialised museum entirely devoted to the art and archaeology of Asia and North Africa.


DEI are delighted to welcome all students who will be studying energy-related subjects over the coming year or years. We are particularly delighted to welcome the new cohort of students from Mexico who have been funded through joint calls between CONACYT and the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER). These students are studying for Masters degrees and PhDs in departments across the University including Anthropology, Business School, Chemistry and Engineering and Computer Sciences.


Professor Simon Hogg, Director of DEI, attended the event and said:

“It was wonderful to see such a broad range of countries represented amongst the students at the event. Welcoming such high calibre students to Durham University is an honour. I was particularly encouraged to see so many students funded through the CONACYT scheme who will be engaging in energy research activities at Durham. We look forward to involving all these students in the Energy Institute community and events.”


Durham University has had a general agreement with the Mexican government’s Science and Technology Council (CONACYT) since 2012 and has been pleased to welcome a number of students’ and researchers who are funded by CONACYT. This year Durham University signed a new agreement with CONACYT to deliver postgraduate training in energy through Durham Energy Institute (DEI). The consortium also includes University of Leeds. Energy Sector reform is a high priority for the Mexican government and considerable funds have been allocated to provide the postgraduate training needed to build capacity across all areas of relevance to the sector. 


Dra Dolores Sanchez Soler, Deputy Director for Scholarships, CONACYT, and Professor Teresa Alonso Rasgado, UK Representative for CONACYT, visited Durham on 5 May together with representatives from Leeds University (Professor Bill Gale, lead academic for the project at Leeds, and Doug Pearce, International Office) to sign the agreement together with Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge.


The first students coming to Durham through the scheme arrived in October 2016, with students undertaking both masters (taught and research) and PhD in energy-related areas across a range of departments, with further students due to commence their studies in January 2017.

During their time at Durham students interested in energy-related topics can become members of the Durham Energy Institute, attending the wide range of energy events and talks that the Institute has to offer and can get support to build links with industry, policy and community energy partners. PhD students also have the opportunity to join DEI’s Multidisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy in which PhD students from departments across the university explore energy from multiple angles through weekly seminars, field trips, public outreach activities and a multi-disciplinary mini-project. Find out more at 

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