MRC Awards Doctoral Training Partnership Funding to Sheffield-led Consortium

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has awarded a new Doctoral Training Partnership to a partnership of four universities led by the University of Sheffield, enabling the next generation of researchers to tackle the major health problems facing the population across their lifecourse.

The training Partnership, led by the University of Sheffield, brings together the four large civic universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield. These institutions are core members of the Northern Health Sciences Alliance, which confronts stark North-South disparities in the rates of chronic disease, poor health and early death in a population of >15 million.


The award is the result of a successful joint bid led by Stephen Renshaw on behalf of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health and the Faculty of Science in conjunction with partnership members. The MRC has awarded funding for 12 studentships, which will be match funded by the four Universities giving a cohort of 24 studentships each year.

Dr Martina Daly from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health said: “We’re delighted that this bid has been successful. Our research environment and doctoral training provision is a real strength for us and this cohort of students will benefit from excellent development opportunities and support from all the partner institutions.”

The partnership builds on previous successful training partnerships to create a distinctive environment, linking internationally recognised centres of research excellence to provide superb doctoral training opportunities addressing MRC skill priority areas.

The partnership is united by the overarching vision of ‘Discovery Medicine across the Lifecourse’. The training opportunities will focus on three complementary themes:

  • Genetic Influences on Health
  • Ageing and Disease
  • Bioinformatics and Personalised Medicine

With the aim of delivering training in stratified medicine, focussing on the best treatment for every patient.

Dr Andy Furley from the Faculty of Science said: “Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield combine to create a powerful alliance in the fight to improve health across the population, and we’re proud to enable the next generation of researchers to make a difference and improve lives.”