Seven Lloyd’s Register Foundation-funded PhD students from the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) visited the Foundation’s headquarters in London on 23 September.
The students made the visit to find out more about Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) and its charitable objectives, and to meet their individual mentors at the organisation.
Professor Richard Clegg, managing director of LRF, extended a warm welcome to the students. He highlighted that the NSIRC PhDs funded by LRF were user-inspired, and in line with the Foundation’s charitable aims to enhance safety and to educate and communicate science to the public to reduce risk.
As the Foundation’s relationship with NSIRC grows there will be more students engaged in delivering its aims. His message to this first batch of students was to internalise the Foundation’s charitable purpose and act as ambassadors.
Following Prof Clegg’s opening remarks the students gave presentations about their research and answered questions from LRF mentors.
Jazeel Chukkan, a PhD student investigating the shakedown effects on ship structures, said: ‘It was a great opportunity to meet LRF representatives from different sectors, such as oil and gas, energy and economics. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss the practical applications and benefits of my research, and the impact it could have on the oil and gas sector.’
During the concluding remarks, Prof Clegg mentioned that one of the Foundation’s missions is to increase the number of underrepresented individuals in science and engineering. He was pleased to see that four of the seven students were female.
The visit demonstrates the growing relationship between NSIRC and LRF, working together to train and support the scientists and engineers of the future through the delivery of industrially led research.