As part of the BBSRC's commitment to UK industry all CASE research students must spend part of their time with the partner company. BBSRC stipulates a placement period of a minimum of 3 months, and up to a maximum of 18 months. The required placement period can be accrued through a number of shorter placements, if appropriate. The placement should be directly relevant to the student's research project which is jointly supervised by the academic and the non-academic partner. In addition, to experience of an industrial research environment, the student should receive business-related training, for example, in project management, business strategy and/or finance.
CASE students will be part of the NRPDTP cohort and will receive the same training as DTP students. All CASE students will be required to attend a pre and post placement 1:1 meeting and it will be optional to attend the PIPS pre-workshops on CV’s and networking. CASE students will also be required to submit a reflective report following completion of their placement.
Benefits to the student: Students gain access to training, facilities and expertise not available in an academic setting alone. They have an opportunity to develop a range of valuable skills which will significantly enhance their future employability; the expectation is that many will become research leaders of the future.
Benefits to the academic/partner organisations: Collaborative Training studentships encourage productive engagement between partners who benefit from a motivated, high-quality doctoral student undertaking cutting-edge research relevant to the organisation's priorities and objectives. They provide opportunities to explore novel research collaborations and strengthen current partnerships.