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UofM receives €3.4m for PhD training programmes

The University o f Manchester (UofM) has revealed it has received €3.4 million (£2.87 million) as a grant for some of its PhD training courses.

Photon Science Institute together with the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) has been given the fund from the charity Marie Curie, which will pay for the MAGnetic Innovation in Catalysis grant, also known as the MAGIC Innovative Doctoral Programme.

This money will help 12 early state researchers get on to the three-year PhD programmes.

Professor Nigel Scrutton, Director of MIB, said: “Our aim is to train the future generation of leading investigators of biological catalysis/enzymology in developing new enabling technologies that can advance physical understanding of catalysis and mechanism.”

The grant, which will come into effect from February 2014, will see the education establishment join with other universities, including Tokyo, Edinburgh and Copenhagen, as well as five companies for the research programmes.

Marie Curie recently awarded £760,000 to research towards palliative and end of life care research, with particular regard to young adults with life-limited illnesses.

Medical Advsior to Marie Curie Cancer Care Dr Teresa Tate said the research award provides the opportunity to deliver better care.

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