The Eric Birse Trust was founded in 1984 by the family of Dr Eric A B Birse to commemorate his life and work. The primary intention of the Trust is to fund, via The Eric Birse Studentship, PhD research in the field of Chemical Engineering. The Studentship is open to all who wish to work in this discipline subject to meeting the Eligibility criteria and to complying with the Application Procedure both of which are detailed below.
To date the Studentship has supported eight PhD students, each of whom has progressed to have successful careers in industry and academia.
Dr Eric A B Birse, OBE: Eric Birse was for some 30 years until his retirement, Chief Chemical Inspector for Scotland with responsibility for advancing both the regulation and implementation of pollution control measures within Scotland. A PhD physical chemist from The University of Edinburgh, he earned considerable respect from his peers for the rigour and quality of his scientific analysis and from Government Ministers, administrators and industrialists for his pragmatic approach to the control of industrial emissions.
Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU applicants.
Stipend and tuition fees are avilable for UK or EU students.