New CDT cohort gets cracking!

New CDT cohort gets cracking!
3rd October 2012 Kevin Lomas

The LoLo Centre welcomed its fourth cohort of students to Loughborough for their residential block week module: Energy Demand in Context. The five students include, for the first time, overseas nationals, Selin Yilmaz and Ozlem Duran are Turkish whilst Argyris Oraiopoulos is Greek. During the week they joined Henry Witt and Vicki Tink (UK), and, working in teams using the DECC Energy Pathways Analysis Tool, devised their own scenario for reducing UK CO2 emissions  in 2030 whilst ensuring energy supply and security was maintained.  A third team was formed of three new UCL students, Shaohou Chai,  Virginia Gori, and Seyed Mohaghegh Ahmadabadi, who are pioneers on the stand-alone UCL MRes EDS course.

The residential week is intensive, with a mix of lectures from LoLo staff and visitors, seminars, tutorials, entertaining demonstrations and self-study on the pathways coursework. Together these provide our MRes students with a grasp of the UK energy supply and demand big picture and its relationship to global CO2 emissions. It is intended to provide a broad-based foundation to the MRes course in Energy Demand Studies and to the students’ entire four years of study.

The residential week was hosted at Loughborough’s Burleigh Court Hotel, which provided all with ample nourishment and evening rest. As always there was time out, this year an entertainment evening put on by the CDT students in earlier cohorts, a bar skittles competition and a quiz on the ‘Hot Air’ book of MacKay.

By the end of the week the students were tired and the staff exhausted! But we all got to know each other, and the stage was set for the student’s LoLo research training that is yet  to come.

Professor Kevin Lomas, Loughborough CDT Director