Doctoral Training Partnership will receive £12.5M funding for bioscientists of the future

Friday, 03 October 2014

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Oxford Brookes will partner with the University of Oxford, the Pirbright Institute, Diamond Light Source, STFC Central Laser Facility and the ISIS Neutron Source in a £12.5 million Doctoral Training Programme.

On Friday the third of October the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) announced it would provide £125M of funding over five years to leading universities and scientific institutions through doctoral training partnerships.

The funding will support bioscience students, equipping them with the skills to tackle major global issues.

Growing demand for food, reduce dependency on fossil fuels and the need to transform industries to become more economically and environmentally sustainable are some of the issues that bioscience students will go on to face.

We need to maintain our leading position in global bioscience by ensuring that the next generation of scientists have the best training and skills.

Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Executive Director, Innovation and Skills

Head of the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences at Oxford Brookes, Professor David Evans said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for Oxford Brookes to be involved directly in a world-leading doctoral programme for the Bioscientists of the future”.

Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Executive Director, Innovation and Skills said: “Bioscience is a having a massive impact on many aspects of our lives. BBSRC is paving the way for an explosion in new economic sectors and bioscience that will change the way we live our lives in the 21st century.

“To achieve this we need to maintain our leading position in global bioscience by ensuring that the next generation of scientists have the best training and skills.”

The programme will train research students to the level of PhD (doctorate) as part of a group undertaking a year of high-level intensive training followed by three years in some of the world's most technically advanced facilities.

More information about the funding can be found on the BBSRC website. Information about biological sciences can be found on the Oxford Brookes Health and Life Sciences website.