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BBSRC and the Age of Bioscience: The Impact of Biology           and Biologists on the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy        ...
Structure• Public Funding of Research in the UK, RCUK and  BBSRC• Impact of Biology• BBSRC’s approach to Doctoral Training...
Structure• Public Funding of Research in the UK, RCUK and  BBSRC• Impact of Biology• BBSRC’s approach to Doctoral Training...
Guide to BIS 2011-2012
Research Councils UK UK Government (Treasury)Department for Business, Innovation,and Skills (BIS)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council                       BBSRC allocates over £400M p.a. (2010/11) to:...
Strategic Plan 2010-2015 Three crucial underpinning themes Knowledge exchange,     Exploiting new ways of   Partnerships i...
Underpinning the UK economy        Food & Drink:                     Agriculture:          £78Bn turnover in 2008         ...
Structure • Public Funding of Research in the UK, RCUK and   BBSRC • Impact of Biology • BBSRC’s approach to Doctoral Trai...
Maximising Impact
Beneforté ‘super broccoli’ case study2011: UK launch in Marks &Spencer stores 4 October ofhigh glucosinolate ‘superbroccol...
Steps towards better coccidiosis vaccines                                                             •   Coccidiosis is t...
Structure• Public Funding of Research in the UK, RCUK and  BBSRC• Impact of Biology• BBSRC’s approach to Doctoral Training...
BBSRC studentships                       2010/11                                      2013/14           Masters, 110      ...
VISION: Excellent postgraduate training supporting BBSRC’sstrategic mission for the biosciences, delivered through abalanc...
£67M investment in bioscience skills & training                         "This... is excellent news for students,          ...
BBSRC support for enhancing employability                                                 Only Policy Placements and      ...
Professional Internships for PhD Students• A mechanism to provide BBSRC funded PhD students with the  opportunity to carry...
Anticipated outcomes of PIPS • Increased promotion of movement across sectors – maximises   impact from research and bring...
Policy Placements                                        Parliamentary Office of                                          ...
Structure• Public Funding of Research in the UK, RCUK and  BBSRC• Impact of Biology• BBSRC’s approach to Doctoral Training...
Careers for researchers are variable and complex                                           Source: The                    ...
Destinations of BBSRC funded PhD students                                   4%                   1%      8%               ...
Biotechnology YES         www.biotechnologyYES.co.uk  • in 17th year and jointly organised by BBSRC /    UNIEI (other spon...
Biotechnology YES 2011 winners                   “A fragrant win”        Winning early-career researchers excel in        ...
© British Science Association“The product that the PhD student creates is not the thesis…the product of their study is the...
Thank you for listening!                                                                     Any Questions?Image 1 – Tomat...
Nottingham Doctoral Training Partership Launch 1 Feb12
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Nottingham Doctoral Training Partership Launch 1 Feb12

  1. 1. BBSRC and the Age of Bioscience: The Impact of Biology and Biologists on the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy Dr David McAllister Head of Skills & CareersImage 1 – Tomato seedling iStockphoto/Thinkstock, Image 2 – Fermenter iStockphoto/Thinkstock 2011, Image 3 – Wheat Hermerara/Getty Images, Image 4 –DNAConfig Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock,Image 5 – Jersey Cow iStockphoto/Thinkstock, Image 6 – Scientist Comstock / Thinkstock
  2. 2. Structure• Public Funding of Research in the UK, RCUK and BBSRC• Impact of Biology• BBSRC’s approach to Doctoral Training• Expanding Your Horizons
  3. 3. Structure• Public Funding of Research in the UK, RCUK and BBSRC• Impact of Biology• BBSRC’s approach to Doctoral Training• Expanding Your Horizons
  4. 4. Guide to BIS 2011-2012
  5. 5. Research Councils UK UK Government (Treasury)Department for Business, Innovation,and Skills (BIS)
  6. 6. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council BBSRC allocates over £400M p.a. (2010/11) to: • Fund innovative, internationally competitive bioscience research • Train bioscientists • Support knowledge exchange and encourage economic and social impact • Engage with the public Food Security Bioenergy and Industrial Basic bioscience Biotechnology underpinning health
  7. 7. Strategic Plan 2010-2015 Three crucial underpinning themes Knowledge exchange, Exploiting new ways of Partnerships innovation and skills working
  8. 8. Underpinning the UK economy Food & Drink: Agriculture: £78Bn turnover in 2008 Worth £8Bn in 2008 Total exports £12Bn Food & Agriculture: • 14% of UK workforce in 2008 Pharmaceuticals: Chemicals: • £21Bn exports in 2009 Sales over £60Bn pa • Trade surplus of £7Bn Exports worth £46Bn in 2009
  9. 9. Structure • Public Funding of Research in the UK, RCUK and BBSRC • Impact of Biology • BBSRC’s approach to Doctoral Training • Expanding Your Horizons
  10. 10. Maximising Impact
  11. 11. Beneforté ‘super broccoli’ case study2011: UK launch in Marks &Spencer stores 4 October ofhigh glucosinolate ‘superbroccoli’, which has healthbenefitsResult of a collaboration between the JohnInnes Centre and Institute of Food Research,both of which receive long-term strategicfunding from BBSRC, and Plant BioscienceLimited (PBL)
  12. 12. Steps towards better coccidiosis vaccines • Coccidiosis is the most important parasite of poultry, estimated to cost over £1billion globally each year. • Researchers from RVC, Imperial, Oxford and IAH have been working with funding from BBSRC, among others, to develop a new type of vaccine against coccidiosis. • They have uncovered the proteins that allow the coccidiosis-causing-parasite, Eimeria, to attach-to and invade cells in a chickens gut. • The scientists found that when purified and used to inoculate chickens, one of theseSecond generation schizont of Eimeria tenella parasitesgrowing in the caecum of the chicken. Copyright: Professor proteins provided the birds with someDJP Ferguson, University of Oxford protection against coccidiosis and so shows promise as the basis of a new vaccine. A vaccine of this type could be produced on a larger scale than is currently possible so could be used to provide much more widespread protection to chicken flocks.
  13. 13. Structure• Public Funding of Research in the UK, RCUK and BBSRC• Impact of Biology• BBSRC’s approach to Doctoral Training• Expanding Your Horizons
  14. 14. BBSRC studentships 2010/11 2013/14 Masters, 110 Ind CASE Partnership, 75 Ind CASE Doctoral Partnership, 75 Training Quota DTG, 337 Industrial Partnerships, CASE, 90 220 Industrial CASE, 67 Targeted Priority Studentships, Targeted 89 Priority Studentships, 30
  15. 15. VISION: Excellent postgraduate training supporting BBSRC’sstrategic mission for the biosciences, delivered through abalanced and manageable number of key trainingpartnerships, and enhanced by engagement with BBSRC •Strategic Alignment • Ensuring that BBSRC’s strategic priorities are addressed alongside the flexibility to attract the best students into world-class bioscience to ensure the flow of high-calibre students within and beyond academia •Excellence of Training • Ensuring that students are provided with broad based scientific and professional development within excellent research environments •Leverage • Not just funding (e.g. new investment in bioscience research & training), but commitment to highest standards of training •Partnership • Working with institutions to help them understand and meet BBSRC’s expectations •Concentration • Focusing funding on max.15-20 Partnerships which are willing to work with us on meeting our strategic aims
  16. 16. £67M investment in bioscience skills & training "This... is excellent news for students, research organisations, industry and the UK as a whole. The brightest and best students will be finding solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing us all, from food security through to renewable energy. "The partnership approach means that many institutions are combining their strengths to provide students with improved training and relevant work experience. This will better equip them©Tim Gander, 2012 for future careers, be it in research, industry, or elsewhere." Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP Minister for Universities & Science 24 January 2012
  17. 17. BBSRC support for enhancing employability Only Policy Placements and Postgraduates PIPS provide opportunities for substantial experience of Industrial Policy non-research work CASE Placements Studentships Professional KTP Internships for Postdocs / PIs PhD Students Biotechnology YES Flexible Research Interchange Experience Advanced Programme Placements Training Partnerships Enterprise Undergraduates Fellowships
  18. 18. Professional Internships for PhD Students• A mechanism to provide BBSRC funded PhD students with the opportunity to carry out a non-academic work experience placement during their PhD• A three month placement not directly related to the PhD project – e.g to provide experience of teaching, policy-making, media or industry• They are not intended to replace other generic or core skills training• They should be taken by all PhD students funded through a DTP – Including those set on an academic career – Encouraged, but not compulsory, for CASE students• They can be taken at any time during the four-year PhD
  19. 19. Anticipated outcomes of PIPS • Increased promotion of movement across sectors – maximises impact from research and brings great benefit to the UK economy • Development of an early understanding of potential impact of research and training on wider economy and society • Personal and professional development – fulfilling career • A placements scheme will complement a range of people exchange schemes available to researchers • Help identify potential careers paths – only a minority of PhD students go on to a career in academia • Benefits to students, research institutions and host organisations • Flexibility and student choice are vital
  20. 20. Policy Placements Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology• A 3-month placement for BBSRC-funded PhD Government Office for Science students to gain experience of working in science policy National Assembly for Wales• Examples of activities: Research Service – Producing a POSTnote or similar briefing Royal Society Science Policy document Centre – Contributing to a longer report Scottish Parliament – Assisting a select committee in a current Information Centre inquiry Society of Biology – Organising and running a policy workshop• The scheme is due to open in July with a closing British Library date in Oct (tbc)• Details will be available at: Centre for Science and Policywww.bbsrc.ac.uk/business/people-information/policy- placements
  21. 21. Structure• Public Funding of Research in the UK, RCUK and BBSRC• Impact of Biology• BBSRC’s approach to Doctoral Training• Expanding Your Horizons
  22. 22. Careers for researchers are variable and complex Source: The Scientific Century: securing our future prosperity (The Royal Society, 2010)
  23. 23. Destinations of BBSRC funded PhD students 4% 1% 8% HE - research HE - academic / other Public sector - research 12% Public sector - other 44% Industry - research 2% Industry - other 4% Further study Teaching Other research 13% Self employed / voluntary 6% 3% Not employed 2% 1% Not known / otherFirst destinations of BBSRC funded PhD students qualifying or completing their coursesbetween 1 August 2007 - 31 July 2008 (source: HESA DHLE data)
  24. 24. Biotechnology YES www.biotechnologyYES.co.uk • in 17th year and jointly organised by BBSRC / UNIEI (other sponsors: MRC, NERC, Industry) • delivers commercialisation awareness training to almost 500 bioscientists • regional workshops for teams of 5 PhD/Postdocs • prepare presentation business plan, with help from expert mentors, based on imaginary biotechnology ideas • Final (for £1000) in December • very positive independent 2010 review
  25. 25. Biotechnology YES 2011 winners “A fragrant win” Winning early-career researchers excel in entrepreneurship Metachem Solutions (University of Oxford) using yeast to produce high value fragrance components
  26. 26. © British Science Association“The product that the PhD student creates is not the thesis…the product of their study is the development of themselves”Professor Sir Gareth Roberts FRS FREng
  27. 27. Thank you for listening! Any Questions?Image 1 – Tomato seedling iStockphoto/Thinkstock, Image 2 – Fermenter iStockphoto/Thinkstock 2011, Image 3 – Wheat Hermerara/Getty Images, Image 4 –DNAConfig Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Thinkstock,Image 5 – Jersey Cow iStockphoto/Thinkstock, Image 6 – Scientist Comstock / Thinkstock

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