i-CASE 2020 entry competition

The competition for entry for i-CASE projects within the White Rose BBSRC DTP is now open.

Academic staff can apply for a CASE project to fit into the recruitment cycle for student entry in October 2020.

The deadline for applications is Monday 30th September 2019 (12 noon).

What are i-CASE studentships?

i-CASE studentships (formerly known as ‘Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering’) are collaborative training grants (from the BBSRC) that provide students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience, allowing top quality bioscience graduates to undertake research, leading to a PhD, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and partner organisations. In addition to experience of an industrial research environment, the student should receive business-related training, for example, in project-management, business strategy, and/or finance.

CASE studentships are awarded as part of the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs).

NOTE: As part of the DTP3 funding round, the White Rose BBSRC DTP has applied for further CASE studentships to start in October 2020, as we value these high-quality industrial collaborations.  At the time of writing, we do not yet know how many CASE studentships we will have available.  (The BBSRC DTP3 funding decision, including CASE studentships, is expected early to mid-October 2019).  We are calling for project proposals in anticipation so that CASE studentships will fit into the normal student recruitment and selection process, as in previous years.

How to apply

This stage of the competition is for CASE project proposals from academic staff.  Successful projects will then be advertised for student applications as part of the normal recruitement cycle.

Please read the Guidance Notes carefully before completing the forms.

Download CASE Guidance Notes HERE

Download CASE Form A HERE

Download CASE Form B HERE

Submit completed Forms A and B to Catherine Liddle, DTP via email: c.m.liddle@leeds.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is Monday 30th September 2019 (12 noon).

in vivo skills funding call 2019

Deadline: applications must be received by midnight Friday 28th June 2019.

Who can apply?

This call for applications is to the primary supervisors of 2018 entry White Rose BBSRC DTP students, as well as those who have students starting in 2019.

These awards can only be used for projects in whole, living protected animals.  Other species, such as insects, are not eligible for use of these funds.

Projects should train the student in the use of advanced integrative in vivo skills.

You may only apply once.

In scope:

Research skills training where a major component of the work involves developing and applying sophisticated physiological, immunological, pharmacological, behavioural observation or experimentation in whole, living protected animals (as defined in the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986) in order to understand normal and abnormal biological / psychological mechanisms. Research projects must provide significant hands-on in vivo skills training, including (but not limited to): surgical and pre-clinical skills, complex experiments, novel imaging technologies and/or other innovative techniques.

Out of scope:

Research training which is predominantly focused on the generation of transgenic lines; model systems lacking clear novelty; or the use of animals primarily as sources of DNA, cells, tissues or biological fluids, are not included in the priority area.

Further details from the BBSRC are available HERE

How much? 

This is the final round for DTP2 and our remaining budget is only £20k in total.  We are therefore only accepting bids for £5k each.  We will make 4 awards @ £5k each.

How to apply? 

Deadline: applications must be received by midnight Friday 28th June 2019.

Send completed applications via email to Catherine Liddle, DTP Co-ordinator: c.m.liddle@leeds.ac.uk

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM HERE

 

 

Student Showcase: Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall began her PhD as part of the DTP 2015/16 cohort at the University of York. Her project title is: The microbiome of the tsetse.

She has presented her work at numerous local and national events to universal acclaim. Within the department at York she has won KM Stott Prizes for both her 1st year poster presentation and her final year talk as well as a Science Faculty Prize for PhD Spotlight competition at YorkTalks. She also won a White Rose BBSRC DTP prize for the best final year talk.

At a national level, she was placed third in the Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year awards in 2017 and is the Communications Representative for the Microbiology Society’s Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum. She has successfully reached the final of the York three-minute thesis competition, the final of which takes place as part of the 2019 York Festival of Ideas.

A link to Rebecca’s paper, A Tale of Three Species: Adaptation of Sodalis glossinidius to Tsetse Biology, Wigglesworthia Metabolism, and Host Diet, Rebecca J. Hall, Lindsey A. Flanagan, Michael J. Bottery, Vicki Springthorpe, Stephen Thorpe, Alistair C. Darby, A. Jamie Wood, Gavin H. Thomas, DOI: 10.1128/mBio.02106-18, is here.

2018 Symposium Successes!

Our latest White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Symposium was held in December 2018, hosted by The University of Sheffield.

 

Congratulations to our student reps for leading the organisation of our successful 2018 Symposium.

 

Our wonderful student reps from across the partnership who did a brilliant job organising the 2018 Symposium.  From L to R: Milena von und zur Muhlen (Sheffield), Nathaniel Holman (York), Lewis White (York) Alice Thomas (York), Ben Stevenson (Sheffield), Michaela Agapiou (Leeds), Amber Shun-Shion (Sheffield), Stella Christou (Sheffield), Sarah Good (Leeds), Lukas Jasaitis (Sheffield), Julia Morris (Sheffield).
Rebecca Hall (York) receiving the prize for Best Final Year Talk from Prof Alan Berry (Chair of the White Rose BBSRC DTP)
Harriet Knafler (Sheffield) receiving her Poster Prize from Prof Alan Berry (Chair, White Rose BBSRC DTP)
Alexandra Males (York) being presented with the Best Poster Teaser prize by Prof Alan Berry (Chair, White Rose BBSRC DTP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Stone, University of York – Prize for Best Third Year Poster – with Prof Alan Berry, Chair of the BBSRC DTP in Mechanistic Biology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women of Achievement 2018: Dr Katie Field

Highlighting the accomplishments of Dr Katie Field

Dr Katie Field is a supervisor at the University of Leeds – an example of the high calibre staff supporting our PhD students within the White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership. 

Dr Field, an Associate Professor in the School of Biology, is a superb scientist with extraordinary capacity for interdisciplinary innovation and has internationally-recognised expertise in symbioses between plants and fungi.

Katie was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Biological Sciences in 2017 for her research on the diversity and evolution of plant-fungal symbioses. These prestigious prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers, whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.

Katie’s BBSRC Translational (David Phillips) Fellowship (2016-2021) for research into the interactions between crops, fungi and CO2 is, to date, the only one to have been awarded.

Katie actively contributes to the work of learned societies and journals, sitting on the editorial board for Functional Ecology and as chair for the Plant Environmental Physiology Special Interest Group, which spans both the British Ecological Society and the Society for Experimental Biology.

The Women of Achievement Awards recognise the significant contribution and impact women at the University are making across our institution and beyond.

Held for the fifth time last year, the Awards are a key part of the University’s Leeds Gender Framework. They are integral to our commitment to further promote and accelerate gender equality, support the career development of talented women in all areas of the organisation, and provide high-visible role models that will inspire others to develop and thrive.

The outstanding achievements of 15 female colleagues and students were recognised at the 2018 Women of Achievement Awards.

They celebrate the significant contributions and impact the winners have made across Leeds University and beyond. The women receiving awards were all nominated by their peers, and represent academic and professional staff, as well as students, and are drawn from across the University.

They all share a common commitment to excellence and have performed outstandingly in their fields, whether this be in research, student education or student experience, scholarship, leadership of key University initiatives, or supporting administrative and technical activities.

 

New website launched

We are delighted to announce that we have a new-look website for our White Rose DTP in Mechanistic Biology. Please can our students take the time to review their project pages and send updated bios/project info to Catherine Liddle at c.m.liddle@leeds.ac.uk. We would welcome feedback and your suggestions, please also send this to Catherine Liddle.

Advice on how to transition from PhD to Senior Lecturer

See the following link for advice from Helen Coleman, who is a senior lecturer in cancer epidemiology at the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast.

Career advice for students considering a career in academia

While you are on the Times Higher Education website, it is worth browsing as you will find plenty of advice, blogs etc of relevance.  You will need to register before you can read any articles.

Dragon’s Den Winning Teams

Our second year students worked together in cross-institutional teams to develop business ideas, which they presented to a panel of expert innovation and industry ‘Dragons’ at the Fera Training Day. There were moments of sheer brilliance, fun and a little bit of terror when faced with the Dragon’s questions. The Dragons were impressed with the students’ research into the commercial aspects of their business idea and it was difficult to choose a winner but after much discussion the Dragons were able to select the winning and runner-up teams.

Here are the teams receiving their prize from our External Advisory Board member Rose Maciewicz, VP Strategy Respiratory and Inflammation iMed at AstraZeneca:

2017 Dragons Den winning team:
Philip Kirk, Leeds
Sarah Flannery, Sheffield
Paul Bond, York
Oliver Prosser, Leeds
Matt Chadwick, Leeds
2017 Dragons Den runner up team:
Marcus Holt, Leeds
Jenny Hayes, York
Tom Burns, Sheffield
Oliver Herd, York
Sarah Good, Leeds