Funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the Centre for Doctoral Training is a publically funded organisation, and we take pride in the transparency and engagement, and collaboration opportunities our governance structure provides.

Day-To-Day Operation

Our CDT is run through a diverse and highly skilled team of academics, technical staff and administrators. Our Director, Deputy-Director, and Centre Manager coordinate the day to day running of the CDT.

Management Board

Our management board meets on a monthly basis, and is composed of a team of leading academics, supported by the Centre Manager and Centre Administrative Officer. The Boards current membership can be viewed here.

The role of the management is to steer the CDT and decide upon all significant operational and technical matters in order to ensure the CDT meets its overall targets. The CDT Management Board shall also put in place any structure to manage the CDT that it agrees. In addition, the specific responsibilities of the CDT Management Board shall include:

  • Developing and reviewing the overall research strategy, with a view to meeting the agreed objectives of the CDT and approve its implementation;
  • Recommending quality standards in terms of experimentation and publication procedures;
  • Advising on overall publication strategy;
  • Considering and approving or disapproving the involvement in the CDT of additional scientists, researchers and industrial participants, and recommending the terms of such involvement;
  • Approving any proposed amendment to the priorities of the CDT;
  • Considering and approving or disapproving any replacements for key personnel involved with the CDT;
  • Agreeing an exploitation strategy, where appropriate.

Industrial Board

The industrial board meets twice a year and in composed of industrial partners who are currently, or intend to fund PhD projects, and plays a key role in the development of PhD projects, as well as advising on our recruitment strategy and the overall running of the CDT. Membership is composed of representatives from our current collaborators.

Advisory Board

The advisory board meets once a year towards the end of the academic year, acting as our critical friend. The board is comprised of a panel of leading international academics with subject specific experience. The board advises the CDT Management Board on the appropriateness of the portfolio of CDT Projects, suitability of training and the balance of scientific content on the CDT programme. The Advisory Board will also advise on the direction of student recruitment (for example, the skills and backgrounds required).