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£18.5m will be invested in training the next generation of bioscience leaders at Oxford University to tackle global challenges such as food security and animal health.

£12.5m of funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) combined with over £6m from the University, colleges, and partner organisations will support up to 180 doctoral students over the next five years as part of the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).

The funding has been awarded as part of a national investment of £125m over five years from BBSRC announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable on 3 October 2014 at an event in Edinburgh. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: 'The UK punches far beyond its weight in science and innovation globally, which is a credit to our talented scientists and first-class universities. This new funding will safeguard Britain's status as a world leader in life sciences and agricultural technology.'

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