THE University of Bradford is set to be part of an exciting new project to help get medical inventions off the drawing boards and into the hands of doctors.

Bradford is one of six northern universities, led by the University of Leeds, that will set up a seed fund to back researchers and developers in their work.

The fund has been part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council by the remainder is coming from the universities themselves.

What a tremendous way to bounce back from the disappointment of not being chosen for a new medical school last month.

The University of Bradford had been strongly tipped to be chosen as one of the sites for a new medical school as part of the Government’s plan to provide an extra 1,500 training places for doctors.

Despite the University having numerous health courses and departments, from an acclaimed nursing midwifery course to the Institute for Cancer Therapeutics, there is currently no place in Bradford where students can train to become doctors.

The only medical school in West Yorkshire is in Leeds.

However, the health secretary ignored Bradford’s excellent case and chose Sunderland, Lancashire, Canterbury, Lincoln and Chelmsford instead.

We should know by now that more often than not relying on Government for financial help ends in disappointment.

It’s great to see the city’s university showing that if you want something doing right, it’s best to do it yourself.