The South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP) is led by the University of Bristol, and began with the University of Exeter, the University of Bath and Rothamsted Research. In 2013, the University of Cardiff joined the consortium. These five institutions present a distinctive cadre of bioscience research staff and students, with established international, national and regional networks, and widely recognised research excellence. As research leaders, these institutions have a strong track record in advancing knowledge through high quality research and teaching, in partnership with industry and government.
The South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership is one of 12 Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the BBSRC to provide PhD training across the UK in areas of strategic relevance. We provide training in two BBSRC priority areas: Agriculture and Food Security, and World-class Underpinning Bioscience, with approximately 28 studentships available each year across the partnership. PhD projects in these two research areas also demonstrate exploiting new ways of working.
The scheme particularly aims to provide students with excellent cross-disciplinary research training in line with the current BBSRC strategy. Our students will be exposed to the expertise of all the partners by visiting / using their facilities, taking part in joint conferences, workshops and taught modules. To further the collaboration between the partnership, cross-institutional PhD projects will be featured that build on the expertise of each partner.