RVC involved in new multi-institutional programme to support PhD students in Biosciences
25 January 2012
The Royal Veterinary College has been involved in a successful multi-institutional bid for £5.4 million to fund new PhD studentships in a competition run by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
The Doctoral Training Partnership - lead by UCL in collaboration with King's College London, Birkbeck University of London, the RVC and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - will award 18 four-year studentships a year for three years.
Professor Jonathan Elliott, Vice-Principal for Research at the Royal Veterinary College said: "The RVC is delighted to be involved in this strategically important training partnership which is committed to interdisciplinary bioscience research. We are excited about what we see as a new era where we train scientists to combine experimental with mathematical and computational approaches. We look forward to working together with out partner institutions and BBSRC to deliver this important strategic goal."
Announcing the funding as part of a UK-wide investment of £67 million in postgraduate training and development in the biosciences, David Willetts Minister for Universities and Science said: "This £67 million investment in postgraduate training is excellent news for students, research organisations, industry and the UK as a whole. The brightest and best students will be finding solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing us all, from food security through to renewable energy.
"The partnership approach means that many institutions are combining their strengths to provide students with improved training and relevant work experience. This will better equip them for future careers, be it in research, industry, or elsewhere."
Across the UK, 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships will support 660 four-year PhD students. The programme will provide highly skilled scientists for academia, policy and industry and support the BBSRC mission to further scientific knowledge for economic growth, wealth and job creating - improving the quality of life in the UK and beyond.
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