Funding windfall links University PhD talent with industry

Posted by ap507 at Mar 24, 2014 11:40 AM |
Prestigious Industrial CASE Studentships will encourage collaboration between Leicester scientists and industry

The University has been awarded four prestigious Industrial CASE Studentships, with a total value of nearly £400,000, to support cutting-edge research into some of today’s pressing medical and biological challenges.

The studentships will fund 4-year collaborative PhD projects supervised jointly by a member of academic staff and an industrial partner. Studentships are principally based at the academic partner, with a mandatory placement at the non-academic partner for a minimum of three and up to eighteen months.

Dr Ismael Tejero (pictured), Business Development Manager in the University's Enterprise and Business Development Office, said: "These studentships provide additional vocational skills not otherwise learnt on a regular PhD and are great preparation for both academic and industrial careers.

"They will also help the University of Leicester to build more relationships with industry and potentially encourage more collaborative work. Studentships help to get the latest academic research transferred into industry and are a great opportunity to collect feedback about research and technology from our industrial partners."

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) fund up to 90 and 30 Industrial CASE studentships respectively, with additional support and involvement from an industrial partner.