Housing one of the largest groups of mathematical, statistical and computational scientists focussed on biomedical and clinical modelling in the UK, the University of Exeter provides an outstanding research environment for Skills Development Fellowship holders. Exeter has exceptional expertise in the MRC’s priority skills areas: mathematical modelling; statistical modelling and methodology; and computational modelling, as well as the scientific themes: neuroscience and neurology; endocrinology and metabolism; and primary care, population health and health services research.
The University has an exceptional track record of attracting outstanding early career researchers, providing personalised training and development opportunities and supporting their careers. Currently three MRC Skills Development Fellows, two MRC Career Development Award Holders, an MRC-funded UKRI Innovation Fellow and an MRC-funded Rutherford Fund Fellow are hosted within the team, all benefitting from a bespoke package of mentoring and training to secure these prestigious awards. This will provide a strong sense of identity for incoming fellows and will enable a strong degree of peer-to-peer mentoring, over and above the academic mentoring provided by members of the Host Leadership Team.
Fellowship holders will be embedded into two related Centres of excellence, the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare and the Welcome Trust-funded Centre for Biomedical Modelling and Analysis, joining a group of over 40 researchers. Jointly these Centres are supported by over £9M in research funding, including £3.5M from MRC, £3.5M from the Wellcome Trust and £2.2M from EPSRC. They run several internal and external seminar programmes and provide the opportunity for researchers to host regular workshops and conferences.
Living Systems Institute
In Exeter, fellowship holders will primarily be homed within the brand new £52.5M Living Systems Institute (LSI), a cross-disciplinary research institute that spans mathematics, computer science, physics, biosciences, biomedicine and clinical sciences. The LSI provides an ideal interdisciplinary training environment, with a vision to advance our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms by which living systems operate, and how these are perturbed and breakdown in disease. The building provides 7500m2 of research space, including three floors of state-of-the-art laboratories for cell and molecular biology research, specialist technical facilities including four class 4 laser labs and a cryo-electron microscopy suite, dedicated research offices for computational scientists, as well as a variety of flexible meeting spaces. The LSI also houses a biological services unit for mammalian physiology and has a direct link to the adjacent Aquatic Resource Centre. It is physically connected to both the biosciences and physics buildings, and is in close proximity to the mathematics and engineering buildings, enabling easy access for researchers in diverse disciplines to interact with one another.
University of Exeter Medical School
The University of Exeter has invested £43M in the Medical School as part of an extensive investment programme over the last 5 years, including the £27.5M Research, Innovation and Learning Centre (RILD) building which opened in December 2013. The RILD building brings together clinical and biomedical scientists working in genomics, cell biology and human physiology working in world-class facilities including single molecule real-time sequencing and high-performance computing. Its location on the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust Hospital site promotes direct integration of biomedical research with collection and banking of clinical samples and clinical care. The NIHR Exeter Clinical Research Facility (CRF) for Experimental Medicine is co-located and includes a dedicated MRI centre, vascular suite, intensive physiology day beds and exercise facility.