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Further support for doctoral training programme at St George’s

Published: 16 August 2021

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The UK Medical Research Council (MRC) has extended its investment in a doctoral training programme at St George’s, University of London.

Run in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the prestigious MRC London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) provides high-quality PhD training for the next generation of health scientists, focusing on scientific excellence, positive research culture and wider training opportunities.

The funding will allow St George’s and LSHTM to support six PhD students a year for at least three years, with a further three students each year being funded by the two universities. The trainees will undertake studies in global health, health data science, infectious disease and translational and implementation research.

Head of the Graduate School and academic lead for the DTP at St George’s, Dr Carwyn Rhys Hooper, said: “We’re delighted to receive this award and we are looking forward to continuing our DTP partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. We are also especially pleased that our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy was highly praised by the judging panel.

“It’s been a privilege to work with the students on our current programmes, and we’re extremely eager to welcome new cohorts, who will develop into the research leaders of the future.”

In total, the MRC has committed £79 million to support DTP programmes across the UK. With 34 institutions being awarded the competitive funding to support doctoral students.

Professor Fiona Watt, Executive Chair, MRC, said: “We are thrilled to announce our funding for the next generation of MRC PhD researchers through 17 new UK-wide Doctoral Training Partnership awards. Outstanding research is only possible when we invest in people to conduct that research.

“Our new awards are student-centred, setting out to increase the diversity of individuals pursing research careers and providing opportunities for students to widen their horizons during and post-PhD.”

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