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Swansea University is to join the SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership as an associate partner, following an £18.5m funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

SWBio DTP is a prestigious doctoral training collaboration that brings together the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter with Rothamsted Research, and new associate partners including:

  • Marine Biological Association (MBA)
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
  • SETsquared Bristol
  • UCB Pharm
  • University of the West of England (UWE)

The funding from the BBSRC will be used to strengthen its doctoral training programme in vital research areas including aquaculture, plant and soil science, healthy ageing and nutrition, animal systems and neuroscience and many more.  

Swansea University will contribute world-leading expertise in bioanalysis, particularly mass spectrometry, including state-of-the-art mass spectrometry imaging equipment, and in the study of aquaculture through the Centre of Sustainable Aquatic Research. The Centre provides unparalleled facilities and research skills training.  

The SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership will deliver an intensive four-year programme for PhD researchers in biosciences, including opportunities to pursue rotational research projects and innovation training for real-world impact.

Professor Steve Wilks, pro-vice-chancellor, said: “We are delighted to join this prestigious consortium which has long been recognised for delivering outstanding biosciences doctoral training.  This new partnership strengthens our relationships with leading universities in the South West and Wales, and will capitalise on our cutting-edge bioanalysis, aquaculture and food security research and facilities.

“This award follows a number of headline successes for Swansea University in securing doctoral training funding from UKRI, and further cements our position as a UK-leading centre of excellence for postgraduate research.”

Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, dean of postgraduate research, said: “Swansea University is home to renowned bioanalytical and aquaculture research expertise and a vibrant postgraduate research community, and it is fantastic to see these combined strengths recognised by SWBio DTP and its funder, BBSRC.

“SWBio DTP will join a growing roster of doctoral training entities hosted by the institution, and its PhD researchers can look forward to joining a welcoming environment with specialist postgraduate research training and development, cohort events and opportunities.”

Professor Melanie Welham, BBSRC’s executive chair, said: “The success of the UK’s science sector and the consequent benefits to society and the economy relies on great researchers doing great work.”

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