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EPSRC CDT in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future

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The Sensor CDT is strongly committed to an environment which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity. This commitment is not limited to the student body but also includes the academic and non-academic staff at the CDT, including our Steering Committee and External Advisory Board.

Greater diversity will benefit us by allowing us to draw on a greater mix of skills, experiences, perspectives and ideas.


We specifically welcome applications from students of still under-represented groups at the Sensor CDT. All applications are evaluated on the basis of academic merit.

Our students come from a variety of academic, social and geographical backgrounds. The Cambridge Trust provides scholarships to students from around the world.

Cambridge University offers a wide range of support to students, including for disabled students. Student (and staff) networks around gender, culture, health and many more promote the inclusion of everybody at the University.

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Outreach goes hand in hand with recruitment. The Sensor CDT engages with the general public, policy makers and the scientific community through  a variety of channels.

Participation at the annual Science Festival and school visits encourage young people to consider a career in science and technology. By listening to the views of the public, e.g. around to the use of sensor data, and talking with policy makers the Sensor CDT hopes to make a positive impact on how sensor technologies and the data they generate will be used in the future.

Our student projects are frequently linked to societal challenges, e.g. measuring pollution in the air and water or helping older people to live a more independent life through the use of sensor technology.

University environment, policies and support

Students and staff at the Sensor CDT can make full use of a wide support network at Cambridge University. The host department (Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) as well as many participating departments (e.g. Engineering, Physics, MRC Cancer Unit, Computer Science and Plant Sciences) organise regular events around equality, diversity and inclusion at the work place, e.g. gender diversity, mental health, work-life balance, immigrant cultures. A range of diversity networks across the University are helping to promote equality and reduce implicit and unconscious bias.

For more in-depth information of the University's equal opportunities policies follow this link.

The Disability Resource Centre at the University of Cambridge offers support to disabled students. If you disclose a disability on application you will be emailed by the DRC between March and July, asking for more information. Engaging with the DRC before you start your course will make for an easier transition into life as a postgraduate student. You can disclose a disability at any time during the application process.

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