25th September 2015, 4:13pm
Alliance creates new health research opportunities for postgraduates
Postgraduate science student New health research opportunities will be created at the University of Lincoln as part of a new kind of postgraduate doctoral training programme launched in partnership with 12 other innovative UK universities.

The Doctoral Training Alliance will respond to industry needs and promote the UK’s economic growth and productivity by producing independent, highly-employable researchers with the expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas.

Launched on Thursday 24 September 2015 by the University Alliance in a high profile event at the Royal Society of Biology in London, the DTA offers fully funded postgraduate programmes, an expert network of support and improved employment opportunities for PhD researchers.

The first DTA will be in Applied Biosciences for Health and will start in October 2015. It builds on the research strengths and industry-focused ethos of Alliance universities.

In the last national assessment of university research standards, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, health research at the University of Lincoln was rated in the top ten out of 92 institutions for the quality of outputs in the subject area.

Dr Lisa Mooney, Dean of Research at the University of Lincoln, said: “We are delighted to be part of the new Doctoral Training Alliance, working with twelve other leading institutions from the University Alliance.
“We have been jointly involved in the design and development of the programme over the last 18 months and are extremely excited to see how this initiative will raise the impact and profile of our collective offer for postgraduate students, as well as highlighting our research strengths and established partnerships across the health sector.
“At Lincoln we already have an excellent reputation for health research, brought together under our Lincoln Institute for Health. The new doctoral programme will enable us to further develop the high-level research skills society needs to meet some of the health challenges of the 21st century.”

Maddalaine Ansell, Chief Executive of University Alliance, said: “Bioscience is a growing industry where the UK has a competitive advantage. The recent Research Excellence Framework results demonstrated that Alliance universities have real strength in bioscience and healthcare research.
“We hope our new DTA – which is the largest multi-partner, and only nationwide, doctoral training initiative of its kind – will give PhD students the expertise and skills that industry needs and contribute to the productivity of this sector.”

Two PhD places will be offered at each of the 13 institutions on the programme, including Lincoln. The DTA’s PhD students will form a cohort of 26 in the first year, 52 in the second year and grow to 78 over the three-year programme.

As well as benefitting from the world-class facilities, supervisors and support at their home institution, the PhD students will be joining a much broader community – where they can enjoy the collaborative power, expertise and reach of the Doctoral Training Alliance. They will be encouraged to share knowledge and collaborate via a new website: www.unialliance.ac.uk/dta  
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