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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Outstanding feedback to Chas Nelson (PhD student in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences) for his internship at the BBSRC, funded in part by a WRIHW Small grant (2015-2016) demonstrating significant impact.

(26 May 2016)

“I wanted to write and formally thank you for the exceptional work you did for BBSRC’s Strategic Review of Bioimaging, whilst an intern in the Exploiting New Ways of Working (ENWW) Science Strategy team. It was the first time BBSRC had offered an internship to a non-BBSRC PhD student….. For someone at your career stage, I was particularly impressed by your ability to think strategically; a skill which can take many years to develop, however you demonstrated a keen ability to understand the issue, place it in context, and consider appropriate actions (and who with)….I think it is important for you to understand what contribution you have made to this significant piece of strategic work and how it will be used by BBSRC. The report will be published and used to inform BBSRC’s future strategy for imaging, covering many aspects including (but not limited to) the science enabled, future investments, equipment access, training, infrastructure provision, and international collaboration…We have also received feedback from other Research Councils (including EPSRC and MRC) that they would be interested in using the findings of this review in their work. Following publication, an implementation plan will be developed to take forward the recommendations, working with other stakeholders (academia, industry, other funders and BIS). It is essential that as these important decisions are considered, we have a firm evidence-base on which to ground them – this is what you have provided for us through your work. I would also like to emphasise that your multi-disciplinary background has been a genuine asset in this work”

Dr Rowan McKibbin. Head of Science Strategy: Exploiting New Ways of Working Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council.

Dr. Boguslaw Obara, Wolfson Fellow, an ECS academic, and Chas's supervisor, has also been involved in shaping national policy towards bioimaging and was involved in Bioimaging UK's response ( to Sir Paul Nurse's Review of the UK Research councils (