Research and Enterprise Office

CASE Studentships

WHAT IS A CASE STUDENTSHIP?

A CASE studentship is a full-time PhD studentship during which the student enhances their training by spending a certain amount of time (anything between three and eighteen months during the life of the entire project) with an external co-operating organisation outside the academic environment.

ELIGIBLE SUBJECT AREAS?

All subject areas are eligible

ELIGIBLE NON-ACADEMIC PARTNERS

  • Businesses / Industry - Large, SME; Sole Trader and Partnerships
  • Charities
  • Private Sector
  • Public Sector
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Local Authorities
  • Government Departments.

* The above depends on the individual Research Council as each has its own stipulations regarding eligible non-academic partners. Please contact us for more details.

WHO FUNDS THEM?

CASE studentships are funded by the UK Research Councils. They support full-time PhD study over a three to four year period depending on the Research Council. The external partner is also expected to make a small contribution, please see below. Bangor University deals primarily with six of these UK Research Councils covering a wide range of subject areas:

  • AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)
    Supports world-class research that furthers our understanding of human culture and creativity. From ancient history and heritage science to modern dance and digital content.
    Deadline: November 2012 at 16:00
  • BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council)
    Deadline: 26 July 2012, 4pm

    The UK's leading funding agency for academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences.
  • MRC (The Medical Research Council)
    Deadline: 26 July 2012
    Dedicated to improving human health. MRC supports research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, in universities and hospitals, in their own units and institutes in the UK, and in their units in Africa.
  • NERC (The Natural Environment Research Council)
    Delivers independent research, survey, training and knowledge transfer in the environmental sciences, to advance knowledge of planet Earth as a complex, interacting system.
    Deadline: October 2012 at 16:00.


BENEFITS

BUSINESSES / OTHER NON-ACADEMIC ORGANISATIONS

  • The research project and the outcomes will benefit the non-university partner
  • Opportunity for the non-university partner to collaborate with an academic institution and develop on-going, mutually beneficial links.
  • Opportunity to contribute to the development of key research skills needed by the non-university partner and the sector
  • Financial contribution is small and the benefits considerable:
    • A student works full time on a project which will benefit the non-university partner
    • The student is supervised throughout by an academic and expert in that field

STUDENTS

  • Students are fully funded to study for between three and four years (depending on the Research Council), receiving an annual stipend, some other associated costs and tuition fees paid for.
  • Students are provided with a first rate, challenging research training experience within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration between academic and non-academic partners.
  • Students gain valuable additional skills and experience from their involvement with the external partner
  • Students emerge equipped for an academic or non-academic career.

ACADEMICS

  • Benefit from the opportunity to put their research into practice
  • Benefit from accessing specialist skills, equipment and knowledge in the non-university partner for their research
  • Benefit from the opportunity to disseminate their research beyond academia

COSTS TO NON-ACADEMIC PARTNERS

The non-academic partner must make a financial contribution towards the student's stipend. Depending on the Research Council, this is between £1,000 - £4,000 pa. However, some Research Councils recognise that this might present difficulties for smaller businesses, charitable organisations and some public bodies, therefore some exceptions may be possible. The partner must also meet the travel and accommodation costs incurred by the student associated with visits to the non-academic partner

 

DEADLINES

The next deadlines will be for CASE studentships funded by the BBSRC and MRC. These deadlines are 26 July 2012, 4pm.

 

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Please contact:

Dr Hazel Robbins, University Research Development Officer:
Tel: 01248 388142. E-mail: h.robbins@bangor.ac.uk

Mr Tudur Williams, Business Development Manager
Tel: 01248 388492. E-mail: t.t.williams@bangor.ac.uk


BANGOR STAFF

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