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Innovative science PhD schemes win funding

Edinburgh has been awarded funding for four innovative science PhD programmes by a leading research charity.

The University is among 15 UK institutions awarded funds by Wellcome to support doctoral training programmes that blend scientific excellence and a commitment to improving research culture.

PhD training

Wellcome has announced £127m in funding to support 23 PhD programmes.

Each is built on high quality science training and promotes a positive research environment.

They also include measures to address issues like student mental health, good research practice, supervision and mentorship, career transitions and increasing diversity in research.

Existing programmes

The Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health programme in the School of Biological Sciences is one of the successful schemes. The programme, which provides interdisciplinary training in all aspects of infectious disease research, has been renewed for another five years.

The Translational Neuroscience programme, run by the Edinburgh Medical School, has also been successfully renewed. It trains non-clinical students to combine cutting-edge experimental technology and analytical tools with comprehensive knowledge of clinical brain research.

New schemes

Two new programmes have also been awarded funding from Wellcome.

The Integrative Cell Mechanisms programme will be run by the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology. It will train the next generation of cell and molecular biologists in the use of quantitative methods to understand the inner workings of distinct cell types in different settings.

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases will host the One Health Models of Disease programme. Students will apply cutting edge technologies to address some of the most serious diseases facing mankind, and learn about the social and bioethical issues involved.

The new PhD programmes in science that we’re funding combine scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment for trainees.

Anne-Marie CoriatHead of UK and Europe Research Landscape, Wellcome

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