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Information/Q&A session for supervisors of students beginning October 2014 Barry Hirst Dean of Postgraduate Studies, FMS Graduate School and DTP Director.

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1 Information/Q&A session for supervisors of students beginning October 2014 Barry Hirst Dean of Postgraduate Studies, FMS Graduate School and DTP Director Dianne Ford DTP Director, Newcastle University Tim Cheek DTP cohort coordinator, Newcastle University 20 February 2014

2 Studentship allocation 14 partnerships funded 220 four-year studentships p.a. for three intakes from October 2012 Newcastle University lead research organisation in partnership with the University of Liverpool and Durham University – Awarded 15 studentships p.a – Matched funding generates 30 studentships p.a. – Allocated on basis of BBSRC income 16:11:3 (Newcastle:Liverpool:Durham) for – Filled 14:11:4 16:13:2 (Newcastle:Liverpool:Durham) for – Filled 16:13:3 13:14:2 (Newcastle:Liverpool:Durham) for

3 Studentship allocation 78% 70%

4 ENWW EXPLOITING NEW WAYS OF WORKING: Enabling innovative working practices in an era of rapid technological advancement, the next generation internet, and quantitative and computational approaches to bioscience. – This enabling theme is cross-cutting and drives bioscience research in all areas – the need for researchers to develop and use new bioanalytical, bioinformatic and biological technologies to accelerate discovery and preserve UK world class status. This includes an emphasis on the development and use of systems and modelling approaches to the study and solution of biological problems. The Exploiting New Ways of Working priority embraces multidisciplinary and quantitative approaches and covers the development of research expertise and skills as follows: Research expertise in and for the development of the next generation of bioanalytical and biological technologies, in areas including (but not exclusively) bioimaging, ’omics technologies and biomolecular characterisation Research expertise in the development of the next generation of computational and bioinformatic tools, and resources to drive data intensive bioscience and tackle the bioscience data deluge Research expertise in synthetic biology, an emerging area at the interface of biology, engineering, chemistry and IT that focuses on the design and construction of new biological parts, devices, and systems, and the re-design of existing, natural biological systems for useful purposes Boosting skills, across the biosciences, to ensure that all researchers are effective in exploiting new tools and methodologies relevant to their research as they become available

5 Fit of projects with portfolio agreement

6 Ageing and Health MRes Animal Behaviour MRes Biosciences MRes Biotechnology and Business Enterprise MRes Cancer MRes Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease MRes Diabetes MRes Epidemiology MRes Evolution and Human Behaviour MRes Immunobiology MRes Medical Molecular Biosciences MRes Medical Genetics MRes Medical Sciences MRes Mitochondrial Biology and Medicine MRes Molecular Microbiology MRes Nanomedicine MRes Neuromuscular Diseases MRes Neuroscience MRes Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine MRes Systems Biology MRes Toxicology MRes Translational Medicine and Therapeutics MRes Transplantation MRes Training programme structure MRes programmes Integrated MRes/PhD – Concession for 3 year programme MRes Biosciences in year 1 (Merit required to progress) Submission within 4 years of MRes registration – NO additional year for writing up

7 Training programme structure Integrated MRes/PhD – Concession for 3 year programme MRes Biosciences in year 1 (Merit required to progress) Submission within 4 years of MRes registration – NO additional year for writing up MRes course structure – Semester 1 80 credits taught 3 x 20 credit subject-specific modules – Bioinformatics theory and practice - compulsory Total >30 MRes modules 20 credit research skills module – Semester 2 (from mid- February) 24 week research project

8 PIPS (P rofessional I nternships for P hD S tudents ) BBSRC expect ALL DTP students to undertake a PIPS 3 months total Unrelated to PhD research Different environment Timing flexible

9 PIPS (P rofessional I nternships for P hD S tudents ) NNedPro Cambridge Bio-Imaging Unit, Newcastle University Pfizer, Boston SCM Pharma, Newcastle British Science Festival “My experience was extremely positive and beneficial.” “In terms of personal development I feel I achieved a lot; I now have a lot more confidence in my abilities and skills.” “I was surprised how much I grew as a person…..This allowed me to come back to my PhD with an improved attitude towards work.”

10 PIPS (P rofessional I nternships for P hD S tudents )

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12 Cohort events 2012/13 – October 2012 Induction and NEPG conference; Newcastle (cohort 1) – February 2013 PIPS event; Newcastle (cohort 1) – July 2013 Debating and PGR conference; Liverpool (cohort 1) 2013/14 – October 2013 Induction and NEPG conference; Newcastle (cohort 1, cohort 2) – February 2014 PIPS event; Newcastle (cohort 1, cohort2) Research integrity; Durham (cohort 1) – June 2014 Liverpool (cohort 1, cohort 2) 2014/15 – October 2014 Induction and NEPG conference; Newcastle (cohort 3; invited input from students in cohorts 1 and 2?) – February 2015 PIPS event; Newcastle (or Durham?) (cohort 3; invited input from students in cohorts 1 and 2?) – June/July 2015 Liverpool (cohort 3; invited input from students in cohorts 1 and 2?) Ideas for the future – New cohorts as above – Annual event All DTP students 3 year cycle – BBSRC strategic priorities? – Scientific communication? – Science policy/impact?

13 SysMIC R statistics package Matlab modelling Moodle VLE 3 modules (can select the appropriate level) – Module 1: 5 taught sub- modules and mini project (each 20 h; run over 6 months, so 5 h/week) – Module 2: 7 taught and mini project – Module 3: All based around project work Support from Daryl Shanley – Cohort 1: October 2013-March 2014 – Cohort 2: Begin October 2014 Proposed fortnightly “direct” support sessions Preparatory MATLAB training 12 months? Begin during MRes taught modules? – Cohort 3: Begin October 2014?

14 Training grants

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16 Advisory panel Professor Elena Lurieluke (Procter & Gamble) Dr Linda Wainwright (Unilever) Professor Chris Tapsell (KWS UK Ltd) Dr Andy Blanchard (GlaxoSmithKline) Professor Dianne Ford (Newcastle) Professor Barry Hirst (Newcastle) Professor Graham Kemp (Liverpool) Professor Keith Lindsay (Durham) Dr Nadja Reissland (Durham) Professor Stephen Rushton (Newcastle) Professor Jonathan Wastling (Liverpool)

17 Meeting our requirement to deliver training in BBSRC priority areas October return data on studentships to BBSRC (via JeS)

18 Student recruitment BSc First Class Honours (or high 2.1) from Russell Group university or “equivalent” – Conditional offer (2.1) Two academic references Interview by at least two academic selectors, including a member of the DTP studentships committee (Tim Cheek, Candy Rowe or Dianne Ford)

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