Nov 19 2019

Royal Holloway recently joined the London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership (LIDo) which offers substantial funding towards 190 PhD studentships. We recently caught up with the team behind the successful application, to find out more about this funding and what it will mean for Royal Holloway.

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourselves and your departmental roles?

We are academics from a range of different departments across Royal Holloway who are linked with the training of young scientists. For example, some of us have roles related to doctoral training such as PGR Leads and their deputies.

2. As a College, we have just become a new member of the London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Programme (LIDo). What is LIDo and what does it mean for our College?

The London Interdisciplinary Doctoral programme (LIDo) comes about from a major investment from the BBSRC of more than £20m, and runs from 2020 onwards. It will fund about 190 PhD studentships. There are only 12 of these doctoral training partnerships in the UK, and we are now part of the largest of these. We look forward to promoting interdisciplinary research opportunities to future researchers.

3. This year, LIDo welcomes four new associate partners, Unilever, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Food Standards Agency and the Animal and Plant Health Agency. What collaborative opportunities could the associate partners provide?

These will provide opportunities to gain Case studentships, and Syngenta will be one of the possible partners brought in by Royal Holloway.

4. The LIDo consortium bid is highly competitive due to its substantial funding. What departments from around the College contributed to the success of our recent application?

Biological Sciences, Psychology and Computer Science are the Departments involved in LIDo.

5. Who are some of the other LIDo partners and how might we interact and collaborate with them in future?

Our partners University College London, King's College London, Queen Mary, University of London, Royal Veterinary College, Birkbeck College, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Greenwich University's Natural Resources Institute. The scheme provides us with an outstanding opportunity to work together with other leading London research institutions.

6. What’s your favourite term at Royal Holloway and why?

What we enjoy most is interacting with colleagues and students, discussing and advancing science. The summer term gives researchers an opportunity to spend quality time with their research students.