Non‑academic partners have the opportunity to engage with the programme on a number of different occasions from project development through to student training. This is done through the offering of CASE support, workplace secondments and the development of bespoke training events.
CASE (Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering) support is designed to engage non-academic partners throughout a student research project. CASE studentships provide students with access to training, facilities and expertise not available in an academic setting alone. The CASE partners benefit from self-motivated, highly capable PhD students undertaking cutting-edge research relevant to their organisation’s priorities and objectives.
CASE partnerships are developed at the time of project submission between an academic supervisor and a lead member of staff within the CASE partner. Projects submitted should fulfil the following criteria:
- CASE partner financial support of a minimum of £1,000 per annum for a minimum of three years to supplement the maintenance grant of the student;
- The hosting of the student with the CASE partner for between three and eighteen months during their PhD, where they will undertake work outside the academic environment. This placement need not occur in one single period;
- CASE partners are expected to meet the extra expenses incurred by the student when visiting and working within their establishment;
- CASE partners are expected to contribute in cash or in kind towards necessary materials and/or facilities not possessed by the Research Organisation concerned, that are required by the student to undertake research integral to their CASE studentship.
Students are strongly encouraged to undertake internships of between one to three months on projects that should broaden the perspectives of the individual student. Internships should capitalise on the knowledge and experiences of the students within a non-academic environment. Students could experience a range of training in areas including the science-policy interface, business administration, research and development, publishing and consultancy.