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PIPS Student Profiles

Steven Dodd (Liverpool)

Steven wanted to experience the working environment in a biotechnology start-up company. Astrimmune in Huddersfield provided this opportunity.

The experience has made Steven review his career options: “beforehand I had my heart set on academia and thought that industrial science was, in some ways‘selling out’, now I've realised the importance of industrial science and how it feeds into improving academia

Abby Peters (Liverpool)

Medical Imagery specialists, Optasia Medical Limited were host to Abby Peters’internship. Abby wanted to try working in an environment that was completely different from academic research, working as a Regulatory Planner and being involved in completing an application for registration with the Care and Quality Commission provided this opportunity.

Abby said of her experience: “I achieved so much personal development in the three months I worked for Optasia. I learnt many new skills and was able to fine tune what I was best at with the encouragement of a company

Kelly Newbrook (Liverpool)

Liverpool Student Kerry’s internship involved working with theVeterinary Medicine Research and Development (VMRD) division of Zoetis. The work involved picking up several useful research techniques but also experience of scientific research in a global animal health company.

“My internship exceeded my expectations with regard to my personal development,training achievements and networking opportunities”

Anthony Moore (Newcastle University)

Anthony's internship, was three months spent working
at AgResearch, a commercial scientific research
facility, in a small city called Palmerston North in
New Zealand. During his time there he worked on a project related to his research work and helped developing a micro-RNA
extraction procedure, and pathway analysis. Anthony was even able
to use one of their novel cell culture systems to help in his PhD. The work was connected to Anthony's research but importantly the work was in a commercial environment so qualified as an appropriate PIPS. 

Annie Gott (Newcastle)

 Newcastle Student Annie Gott did not feel it was really possible to travel too far for her internship but still managed to find some very valuable practical experience working with animals. Experience that will be valuable if Annie decides to continue in academic research dealing with animals. Annie was also able to gain excellent experience getting to grips with managing a different type of project.

“I gained a huge amount of responsibility and felt very trusted to be able to take charge of this section of the zoo. I also became very good at using my initiative and came up with intuitive ways to improve the zoo’s record keeping and the day to day admin required when managing a zoo.”


We hope the following list of internship opportunities might be of interest for BBSRC DTP students.


New Studentships Advertised

The Partnership is offering up to 22 four-year BBSRC-funded studentships starting in October 2018. 

A wide range of projects across the Partnership are available for application under the broad themes of Agriculture & Food Security, Bioscience for Health and World Class Bioscience: 

Further details and a link to the application form can be found at: 

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