Pfizer Bursary launched
Pfizer have announced the launch of a two-year bursary which will facilitate an MSc in Biotechnology Programme at UCC.
Ms Mary Leamy, Pfizer Human Resources speaking at the Annual Biochemistry Department Research Day on February 25th 2010 said the two-year bursary will consist of an Annual Student scholarship, an Annual MSc Biotech research bursary along with a discretionary fund for the promotion and recognition of research excellence. Pfizer will also participate in Biochemistry & Biotechnology student education and curriculum development through the provision of Class tours of the Pfizer Biotechnology Manufacturing Facility, Shanbally and Guest lectures in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Professor Patrick Fitzpatrick, Head, College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) welcomed Ms Leamy to the Research Day and commented: “UCC has worked in partnership with Pfizer going back many years. Highlights include the establishment of the Process Development Centre in 2001, in collaboration with Professor Anita Maguire, and the commissioning, with financial support from Pfizer, of the NMR Spectrometer in the ABCRF in 2008. Many UCC students, especially from programmes in Biotechnology, Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds, and Process and Chemical Engineering, have benefitted from placement in Pfizer, and many graduates of UCC have been employed by Pfizer. In addition, undergraduate students have had the opportunity to visit Pfizer laboratories as part of its outreach programme and Pfizer staff have contributed guest lectures on numerous occasions. A recent development centres on the delivery of a new postgraduate training module on Creativity and Innovation which is delivered to PhD students with assistance of Pfizer staff.”
Professor Fitzpatrick expressed the appreciation of the College of SEFS for this continuing engagement and looked forward to further developments in the future.
The Annual Biochemistry Department Research Day took place on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 in Devere Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn, UCC.
Picture: Ms Clodagh Kerr, Placement Manager, Careers Service, UCC, Dr Justin V. McCarthy, Director Biotechnology Programme, Ms Mary Leamy, Pfizer Human Resources and Professor Patrick Fitzpatrick, Head, College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, UCC.