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 Industrial CASE Studentships or iCASE. 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 BBSRC’s strategic priorities. The non-academic partner will nominate 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.

1. What training is an Industrial CASE student required to complete?

• Industrial 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 Industrial 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 their 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.

2. What are EASTBIO and the BBSRC expecting from PhD students with regards to Industrial CASE?

The EASTBIO management group are confident that Industrial 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 an Industrial CASE Studentship, please ensure you the student have read and understood any formal agreement signed between the University and the industrial partner. This contains essential details relevant to the particular Industrial CASE Studentship in keeping with Research Council UK 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 non-academic provider carrying out the agreed training package.

• If students require overseas travel for the placement the ‘EASTBIO Abroad Pre-departure Checklist’ must completed prior to commencing work with the non-academic partner.

Guidance, advice and support are provided to the parties involved in Industrial CASE Studentships by Dr Caroline Pope.