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Internship Opportunities with Croda

Croda is a global speciality chemical company. They create, manufacture and sell high performance speciality ingredients which deliver benefits to a range of diverse products including health and beauty, engine lubricants, plastics and many more. The business is split into three core market sectors: Personal Care, Life Sciences, made up of: Crop Care and Health Care and Performance Technologies, made up of: Coatings and Polymers, Geo Technologies, Home Care, Lubricants and Polymer Additives. They also have an Industrial Chemicals business area. In 2015, sales were in excess of £1bn and sales of new and protected products made up 26% of turnover. They operate as a single global business but have significant footprint in the UK with 4 manufacturing site at Widnes, Leek, Rawcliffe Bridge and Hull in addition to the company headquarters and Innovation hub at Cowick, East Yorkshire. More information about Croda can be found at
Croda are currently offering the following PIPS opportunities for students:

1: Development and characterisation of a silane derivative of hydrolysed protein for use as a hair care active ingredient  (1 project available) Start Date: ASAP

2: Synthesis of Electromagnetic Spectrum Absorbing Materials for use in Personal Care 

3: A Literature review to determine excipient requirements in Hot Melt Extrustion  Start Date: ASAP

4: The Effect of Excipients on the Stability and Permeation of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in Topical Formulations (Up to 3 interns could be taken sequentially within this area) Start Date: ASAP

5: Extraction method development and analysis of lipids within keratin fibres  (1 project available) Start Date: ASAP

6: A literature review into the application of proteomics and lipids analysis on human hair and other keratin fibres. (1 project available) Start Date: ASAP

Download full details of projects 1-6, including contact information

7: Data generation for generic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (Up to 4 interns could be taken sequentially within this area) Start Date: ASAP

8: The development of a robust measurement of Tryptophan degradation in hair fibres (1 project available) Start Date: ASAP

Download full details of projects 7-8, including contact information

EIT LauchLab Internship Opportunity

Of particular interest to BBSRC PIPS students who are looking for an internship, or students with an interest in biotech/commercialisation.

We're looking for 1 or 2 students to take part in the EIT LaunchLab accelerator ( which is a 9 week program with the first month based in Delft in the Netherlands, and the second month a 'roadtrip' round a few European cities. It will be quite an intense program of business/commercialisation training and then the students will expected to meet with companies on our behalf. Travel and expenses will be covered, but the catch is it starts on the 18th July! 


If you are interested please contact Peter Chater ( ext 85013) or Jeff Pearson ( ext.86996) and come along for a chat about the project.

This internship opportunity will be of particular interest to BBSRC PIPS students who are looking for an internship, or students with an interest in biotech/commercialisation.  

See more internships here.

Inaugural Newcastle Academic Health Partners Research Day


On 16th June the Newcastle Academic Health Partners hosted their inaugural Research Day in the David Shaw Lecture Theatre. It was attended by 170 delegates from within the Faculty and colleagues in the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. 

The day was a mixture of symposiums, presentations and posters. The morning symposiums were led by local leaders in their field that show-cased the vision of the NAHP, challenges faced and current research activity.  Over lunch delegates viewed the 77 poster contributions and the afternoon presentations were made by eight selected young researchers.

Congratulations to Ashwin Sachdeva (NICR) who was awarded best young researcher presentation and to Swathi Merugu (NICR) who won best overall poster.

Thank you to all who contributed to the day, particularly the symposium leads Prof David Burn (IoN), Prof Joseph Vormoor (NICR), Dr Steve Parry (NuTH) and Dr Michael McKean (NuTH).


‘It was great to see such a broad cross section of disciplines united around the research themes of the nervous system, cancer, ageing and children.  The quality of the science and presentations was impressive’ Prof Julia Newton, Director NAHP

MHRA presentation: The regulation of medical apps

Translational research increasingly leads to the production of apps,  aimed either at patients or clinicians. What are the regulatory considerations?

Speaker: Valerie Field, Interim Group Manager, Devices, MHRA

Venue: David Shaw Lecture Theatre, Medical School

Time: 12.30pm

Date: Tuesday 26 July

No pain – no gain! A summer of building refurbishments


Eight major Faculty of Medical Sciences refurbishment projects are taking place this summer as the University invests in upgrading teaching and research facilities.  These, as always, provide some disturbance and disruption in the short-term, but with the aim of improving the long-term infrastructure.  The projects include:

Lecture Theatres C and D in the Dental Lecture Theatre block.  This project will improve the quality of the teaching rooms and audio visual equipment to match Lecture Theatres E and F, which were completed during August 2015.

Leech Seminar Rooms.  This project will upgrade the current seminar rooms on the 2nd floor and create additional seminar rooms on this floor, to compensate for the loss of capacity on the 3rd Floor.

Anatomy & Clinical Skills Laboratories. To improve the acoustics and ventilation and provide upgrade space for clinical skills learning.  This project will be completed during the summer 2017.

Loading Bay. The long-awaited adjustment to the Loading Bay in the Medical School, to allow for direct deliveries of University goods.  The liquid N2 store has already been relocated as part of the enabling works.

Institute of Neuroscience reception.  A new reception layout to allow for improved access for patients, meeting NHS expectations, visitors and staff. This project will also deliver improvements to the open-plan study areas for postgraduate students.

Institute of Cellular Medicine Leech 3rd Floor consolidation.  This project will deliver a large multi-user laboratory and associated write-up and specialist laboratory facilities to consolidate ICM inflammation and immunology research. Approximately 10 PIs, plus associated research staff and postgraduate students will be accommodated. This project will continue until December.

Northern Institute for Cancer Research: Paediatric Oncology Laboratories in Herschel Building.  This project is nearing completion with a hand-over date expected in July.  It has progressed well and has attracted significant external funding through the Future Fund campaign.  It will allow for co-location of NICR researchers, currently based in the Sir James Spence Institute (RVI) and the Paul O’Gorman Building, in world class facilities on the 5th and 6th floors of the Herschel Building.

New PET-MR Facility at the Campus for Ageing & Vitality. This project is almost complete.  The new MRC Dementia Research Initiative funded PET-MR has been installed in a Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust building at CAV, alongside the current PET facility.

Information on these projects is regularly updated, alongside other Estates news at:

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