Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme

Our Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme aims to build research capacity in rheumatic disease by developing a cohort of outstanding young research scientists. 

Over 8 million people in the UK are affected by rheumatic disease leading to significant physical disability, discomfort and economic loss. 

We offer four year PhD training programmes in the biosciences at five Collaborative Centres of excellence: the University of Aberdeen; the University of Glasgow, King's College London & Queen Mary University of London (joint centre); the University of Newcastle and University College London

The Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme is managed by Dr Vicki Hughes.

Please note that all studentships have been filled.


Oliver Bird student Lauren Whyte has been instrumental in discovering a new way to control the cells that destroy bone.

Download the programme outline (PDF) to find out more about what makes the Oliver Bird programme unique.

Read the original press release from the programme's launch in 2003.

See also
Oliver Bird Rheumatism Programme

Undergraduate research

We offer Undergraduate Research Bursaries in science for vacation research projects