QUADRAT DTP projects are a mixture of CASE and non-CASE projects. A CASE Studentship is a project that has been developed and will be delivered by the host University in collaboration with a non-academic partner from the private, public and third/civil sectors (i.e. an organisation whose primary activities are not research and/or education). CASE studentships tend to stem from real-life issues encountered by that particular organisation, a project will be designed to tackle a specific problem. As such, all collaborators gain from the research output of the studentship.

CASE studentships provide PhD students with enhanced training opportunities by ensuring they spend between 3 and 18 months, in total, with their CASE partner in a workplace outside the academic environment. This will usually be in the form of regular meetings, specialist training and an internship.

The role of CASE partner contacts will vary from a formal supervisory role, an advisory role or provision of facilities, expertise, training and data collection. CASE partners will have a vested interest in the scientific outputs of the project.

Not every project it suited to being a CASE studentship however we aim for a minimum of 25% of our studentships to be CASE over the duration of the DTP. 

Organisations eligible to receive NERC research funding will not be eligible to act as a CASE partner. This includes NERC research centres, independent research organisations (IROs) and all organisations listed on UKRI Eligible for Funding.

Our current CASE partners are: