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UTS Pharmacy invests in attracting best and brightest

Professor Charlie BenrimojProfessor Charlie Benrimoj

In summary:

  • UTS will offer six doctoral research scholarships in Pharmacy from next year for applicants who can demonstrate a track record of outstanding academic achievement
  • The scholarships will provide a $22,860 tax-exempt stipend with the opportunity to be "topped up" to $30,000 on the basis of merit

UTS Graduate School of Health has announced six doctoral research scholarships for outstanding students looking to undertake a PhD in Pharmacy from 2012.

The scholarships will provide a $22,860 tax-exempt stipend for commencing doctoral students who can demonstrate a track record of outstanding academic achievement. There is also the opportunity for these scholarships to be "topped up" to $30,000 on the basis of merit.

"The School has a strong graduate entry Master of Pharmacy by coursework program that is already oversubscribed. These scholarships demonstrate that we are committed to building an equally strong PhD program," said Professor Charlie Benrimoj, Head of the Graduate School of Health.

"UTS has recruited pharmacy researchers with international reputations in pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science and we are serious about attracting top-quality students who will make valuable contributions to the profession and the pharmaceutical sciences research."

UTS has invested heavily in a five-year research strategy aimed at increasing research capacity and productivity to address some of Australia's biggest research challenges. Health research has been named as an area of strength in the strategy with a focus on collaborative and interdisciplinary research; innovative technological approaches; commitment to researcher development and strengthening the relationship between research and teaching and learning.

Professor Benrimoj believes that providing support for doctoral students is vital in this research-intensive environment.

"Researcher engagement and producing research that delivers real benefit for society and the professions is a central aspect of the UTS Research Strategy," he said. "We want these students to have the freedom to engage with their research and produce work that has real impact. To achieve this we need to be prepared to support students to succeed.

"UTS: Pharmacy employs a research-led teaching model. These students will help inform the next generation of pharmacists and provide the data on which pharmacy practice can develop."

Scholarship applications are now open via UTS: Pharmacy

Nicole Scott

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