EASTBIO CASE studentships

Industrial CASE Studentships

The EASTBIO training programme has a number of PhD studentships which are developed as partnerships between academia and industry. These are known as Collaborative, or CASE, Studentships. This type of studentship includes a placement with a non-academic partner doing high quality collaborative research work that is directly related to your research project in one of the areas of science relevant to the UKRI BBSRC strategic priorities. The non-academic partner nominates a relevant person independent of your academic PhD supervisor, who will ensure you receive the appropriate level of management, support, direction and training while working at the non-academic partner.

Ian Archer - EASTBIO Research Experience Placements Induction - Dundee, 22 May 2023

1. What training is a CASE student required to complete?

• CASE students must take part in all components of the EASTBIO training programme and are required to complete training in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4. However, they are not required to carry out an additional placement through the PIPS scheme.

• For the placement at the non-academic partner, the CASE students will spend between 3 months up to a maximum of 18 months with the non-academic partner. This can be taken in one 3-month block at any point during the PhD or a number of shorter blocks giving the flexibility to plan in sync with business priorities. An integral component of the placement training is that it provides the student with a training experience unavailable at your academic institution. This should include training in project management, business strategy and finance, to give some examples.

Students are to attend the EASTBIO Collaborative Placements Q&A session (online, 30 January 2024, 11:00-12:00) that aims to provide advice and support to manage your placement. Summary and details here. Students are also invited to attend the presentations by EASTBIO students who have completed their placements (both PIPS and Collaborative) on the 5 February 2024, from 12:20. Details here

•EASTBIO will provide separate industrial skills training in collaboration with our industrial partners,  IBIoIC, Cool Farm Alliance and SULSA. The options are confirmed each year and communicated to students in advance of the training.

2. What do EASTBIO and UKRI BBSRC expect from PhD students with regards to CASE?

The EASTBIO Management Group are confident that CASE students will take a proactive approach to work in collaboration with their PhD supervisor to engage with the non-academic partner to deliver the placement project.

The following points summarise what EASTBIO expects from you:

• Prior to starting a CASE Studentship, please ensure that you the student have read and understood any formal agreement signed between your host institution and the industrial partner of your PhD project; for this, you may need to first discuss with your supervisor. Relevant agreements contain essential details relevant to the particular CASE studentship in keeping with UKRI terms and conditions and outlining agreed Intellectual Property and publication arrangements.

• Deliver the project work of suitable length and scope of the placement whilst adopting a professional behavior in the industrial provider carrying out the agreed training package.

• If students require overseas travel for the placement the PIPS Abroad Checklist must be completed prior to commencing work with the non-academic partner (form available upon request).

For any questions, please email the EASTBIO Placements mailbox.