University of Suffolk begins link with UK Stem Cell Bank for science courses
PUBLISHED: 13:11 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 May 2017
The University of Suffolk has launched a tie-up with the UK Stem Cell Bank (UKSCB) to help give students industry-standard experience.
The department for science and technology at the university recently began the collaboration with the aim of ensuring that the MSc Regenerative Medicine and BSc (Hons) Bioscience courses are informed by high-standards in the industry.
The tie-up will also mean a boost for research into regenerative medicine and stem cell use at the university.
Dr Federica Masieri, senior lecturer and course leader for MSc Regenerative Medicine said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with what is considered one of the most reputable bodies in the field of stem cell industry.
“It is recognised that employers in the regenerative medicine industry require graduates and postgraduates equipped with the most up to date skills, to ensure a seamless assimilation in the constantly evolving stem cell–related work environment.
“This collaboration will help us ensure our students are trained in line with requirements of such employers, by reviewing and developing courses as informed by the standards applied at UKSCB.”
To launch the joint scheme, final year students paid a visit to the stem cell bank in London to help the students understand the logistics and complexities of the work there, as well as lectures from leading figures at the leading institution.
The university is aiming to make the trip an annual visit for final year students.
Dr Masieri said: “A career in life science is a busy, fast-evolving and challenging one. It makes it an exciting area of endeavour, however there is a constant need to keep up with the rapid pace of change.
“By establishing this relationship we are better placed to do this, at par with well-established universities with many years of history in the industry.”
Prof Glyn Stacey, director of UKSCB added: “The UKSCB is committed to advancing scientific research; we welcome the opportunity to educate, train and inspire the next generation of scientists.”
“Moreover finalisation of agreements are underway which could see MSc student placements with the UKSCB.”