Postgraduate funding boost

The University is to benefit from a UK-wide investment of £67 million in postgraduate training and development in the biosciences.

The funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) includes around £10.2 million for 102 studentships in Scotland.

EastBio partnership

Of this, around £7.2 million will go to the EastBio partnership, with 72 studentships over three years.

The partnership incorporates the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

It also involves the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) and the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA).

This studentship scheme is linked to a much higher level of training for our PhD students. Our programme, run across the partnership, will draw on different areas of expertise from each organisation, with new initiatives including video conferencing and web-based delivery techniques in combination with residential courses and professional internships, to provide world-class doctoral training for biosciences students.

Professor Clare BlackburnDirector of the University’s Graduate School of Biology

Further investment in Scotland

The high proportion of studentships awarded in Scotland reflects the calibre of education and research in the life sciences. We are delighted about this investment and are very excited about the new possibilities for PhD students.

Professor Clare BlackburnDirector of the University’s Graduate School of Biology

Around £3million is also being awarded to a consortium involving the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.

The consortium is also collaborating with the Moredun Research and SULSA, providing 30 studentships.

The BBSRC funding awards will be supported with a further £3 million from the EastBio partnership as well as £2 million from the University of Glasgow.

UK-wide studentships

The investment, from the BBSRC, includes support for 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) across the UK as well as a number of industrial CASE (iCASE) studentship awards.

Such doctoral training partnerships aim to deliver scientists with training to meet major social and economic challenges.

This includes areas such as food security, sustainable bioenergy and renewable materials and improving lifelong health and wellbeing.