The University of Oxford is delighted to announce a joint gift from the Eurofins Foundation and SENSE Foundation Brussels to support students in the Medical Sciences and Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisions. The donation will lead to the creation of Eurofins Awards for undergraduate and postgraduate students, which will be granted over the course of the next three years.

The Eurofins Awards will provide students with the opportunity to travel overseas for field trips, research or training, and will also support dissertation writing costs. This will enable more students to undertake extra-curricular activities that will enhance their studies and benefit them as they take the first steps in their professional lives. The awards will be made available to academically outstanding students who would not otherwise be able undertake such activities.

Analysing volatile samples using a Gas Chromatography Mass Spectronomy System. Photo by John Cairns

Professor Robert Gilbert, Director of the Graduate School in the Medical Sciences Division, says: ‘We are extremely grateful to the Eurofins Foundation and SENSE Foundation Brussels for their support of students in the Medical Sciences. These awards will help our students gain valuable, additional experience to support their professional development and ensure that they make the most of all opportunities whilst studying here.’

Eurofins is a world leader in food, environment and pharmaceutical product testing, as well as a global provider of advanced genetics-based clinical pathology testing and agroscience research services. The Eurofins Foundation pursues the existing commitments of the global Eurofins community: contributing to global health and safety, protecting the environment, and nurturing the world’s best young talent pursuing study in the sciences.

SENSE Foundation Brussels supports science with a focus on nutrition and genetics, environmental protection, sustainable development, education, arts and culture, and the less fortunate.

Dr Gilles Martin, Eurofins Chief Executive Officer, says: ‘Eurofins Foundation is thrilled to be supporting talented students from one of the world’s leading educational and research institutions, whose work in the field of science can contribute positively to the health of all and to protecting our environment.’