Aston awarded £1.5 million to train future innovation leaders   

Dr Rachael Wood, Wall lab, Aston University

5 February 2019

  • Engineering and Physical Science Research Council Centre for Doctoral Training awarded to Aston University Researchers

Aston University has been awarded £1.5 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) as part of a £6.7 million UK-Ireland joint initiative to train future innovation leaders.

The lifeTIME CDT is a partnership between the University of Glasgow, the University of Birmingham, Aston University and CÚRAM – Science Foundation Ireland.  

Aston will work in collaboration with its partners to establish lifETIME: an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine. 

lifETIME will train 84 future Engineering and Physical Science innovation leaders for the non-animal technology and regenerative medicine sectors. Those trained will possess multidisciplinary, high-value skills in the design, creation and application of new non-animal technology platforms to accelerate therapeutic discovery.

The inititative will train engineering and physical science scientists, clinical fellows and cell engineers across three world-leading centres that specialise in: fundamental bioengineering (Glasgow); microscale bioprocess translation/application (Birmingham and Aston); and medical devices (CÚRAM).

Professor Ivan Wall, CDT Deputy Director, Aston University, said: “This Centre offers an exciting opportunity for Aston to play a critical role in delivering high value skills and training that will advance modern medicine. Working with our collaborators at University of Birmingham will consolidate our collective strengths in the Midlands region. More broadly, with the University of Glasgow and CÚRAM, our graduates will deliver the skills, innovation and leadership urgently needed throughout the wider UK and EU.”

Globally, a strong industrial and clinical need exists to create humanised, non-animal technologies, which are bioengineered, cellular, scaffolds/on-chip systems that can be used in therapeutic discovery, safety testing, functional validation and in some cases in the production of cellular therapies.

To meet this need, there is an urgent need to train Engineering and Physical Science students to communicate effectively with, and work alongside, biomedical scientists, and vice versa, and such training will also drive innovation and contribute to the UK and Irish bioeconomy.

Professor Simon Green, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research, Aston University, said: “Aston is delighted to be part of this exciting EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Centre together with the Universities of Glasgow and Birmingham. Our research strategy is focused around delivering for our beneficiaries through our impact and collaboration, and this Centre, which will be working at the interface between engineering and biosciences, is an excellent example of how we will do so”


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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

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