BBC’s popular science programmes ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ and the ‘One Show’ both featured the work of a PhD student at Newcastle University. The student is researching ways that people could help protect themselves against skin ageing and damage from UV rays in sunlight – by eating foods rich in anti-oxidants.
The high-profile PhD work is part funded by Unilever, the consumer products giant, via a CASE (Collaborative Award in Science and Engineering) Studentship. These Studentships are part of Newcastle University’s extensive engagement with business.
By contributing to the cost of a Studentship, a business can gain access to research expertise for new product development. The student will spend up to four years working on ideas that could potentially become successful profit-makers for the business.
The funding helps pay for on-going investment in leading-edge equipment. Further benefits for Newcastle University include increased opportunities for consultancy on development of new products.
Professor Mark Birch-Machin, who currently supervises a number of CASE Studentships, says: “There is great synergy when Newcastle University works together with industrial partners, so that the outcomes are more valuable than the sum of what each of us can do on our own.”
And with an on-going stream of CASE Studentships, there’s plenty of scope for Newcastle University’s research to appear on many more TV programmes in the future.