RA6d: Additional observations, Additional informationRA6d Additional Information: 213 students have graduated with PhDs and 44 with MPhil(Res) in the review period. The 158 current PhD students (funded: 74, from Research Councils; 19, major charities; 17, directly from industry; 18, University award schemes; 14, O'seas Govts; and 16, private funds) are members of the School's Graduate Research School (GRS), formed August '99. The GRS recruits ~50 PhD (~30% from abroad) and upto 10 MRes students each year. It monitors student progress and delivers skills training tailored for Biosciences students: including an induction course and courses on experimental design and data analysis, presentation skills and scientific writing. Progress is assessed against a Personal Training Plan in which a student defines his/her training (180 h per year) to achieve an agreed set of skills. He/she can draw on central university courses (e.g. in IT), and may incorporate other training (research visits, conferences, etc.). Students receive financial support to join national scientific societies and attend meetings. Through a Graduate Student Committee, students help to plan GRS activities, including an annual two-day symposium.
Major research infrastructure grants total some £7.2m. They include: X-ray generator and area detector (JREI); computing clusters and servers for Bioinformatics (MRC, Glaxo-Wellcome, ESPRC); NMR upgrades (JREI, Wellcome Trust); surface plasmon resonance instrument (BBSRC); multi-photon confocal microscope (JREI); microcalorimeters (JREI); CD spectrophotometer (JREI); DNA array and high throughput DNA sequencing facility (JIF); glasshouses and plant culture facilities (JIF); biological mass spectroscopy and proteomics instruments (JIF, ESPRC). Some instrumentation came from joint applications with other Schools (Medicine, Chemistry, Computer Science) We collaborate with other Universities to provide access to national and international research facilities: e.g. dedicated ESRF synchrotron time, Cryo FEG-TEM with other Midlands Universities. We will continue to enhance our equipment portfolio, using some of our HEFCE equipment allocation to ‘pump-prime’ such initiatives. We benefit from other local research support facilities: Alta Bioscience (DNA/protein synthesis/sequencing); Binding Site (antibody production). We and the University will ensure that these extramural units continue effectively to support School needs.
Copyright 2002 - HEFCE, SHEFC, ELWa, DEL
Last updated 17 October 2003