Vet School awarded grant for INSPIRE initiative

The School of Veterinary Medicine has been awarded a grant from the Academy of Medical Sciences in support of a programme of INSPIRE focused activities. 


INSPIRE is a UK-wide initiative designed to engage medical, dental and veterinary undergraduates with research. The scheme is co-ordinated by the Academy of Medical Sciences and supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Since its launch in 2013 the Academy have delivered three rounds of grant funding to support medical schools across the country to deliver locally designed activities aimed at informing and exciting both medical and dental students about the benefits and potential of a career in research. In 2016, the INSPIRE scheme was expanded to include applications from veterinary schools and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Glasgow was delighted to be a recipient of this prestigious award.

The UofG Vet School

The School has a rich history of inspiring the next generation of academic leaders and research scientists.  Prominent alumni include four current Heads of UK Veterinary Schools, the Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer at the Scottish Government, the Chair of WHO’s Strategic Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, the current and three previous Scientific Directors of the Moredun Research Institute and the Director of EPIC, the Pan-Scottish Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks. We will implement our proposed INSPIRE programme to strengthen and expand upon our high–profile track record.

Range of activities

Our INSPIRE award will enable us to create an exciting range of activities that are available to all BVMS students and involve key partnerships with the Moredun Research Institute, Institute of

Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation and MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research.

These activities will provide the sharing of experience, promote collaboration between students and stimulate research creativity with inspiring speakers. Through the INSPIRE programme we will promote a strong sense of community within the BVMS students that is underpinned by a collective desire to develop and exchange new ideas to stimulate a cohesive interest in research. Ultimately, we will endeavour to maintain a continual increase in the numbers of BVMS students engaged with research to ensure the future success, competiveness and vibrancy of research performed by veterinary professionals.

For further information please contact a member of the INSPIRE Programme Team:

  • Dr Christopher Loughrey, INSPIRE Lead
  • Professor Ewan Cameron, INSPIRE Senior Advisor
  • Professor Sandy Love, INSPIRE Senior Advisor
  • Professor Jim Anderson, INSPIRE Implementation Team Lead
  • Dr Tim Parkin, Research Convener, School of Veterinary Medicine

First published: 25 August 2016

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