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BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

DTP governance

DTP governance

Governance of the DTP reflects our joint commitment to facilitate doctoral training across the Partnership of the highest quality by adding value to our individual strengths in Bioscience research.

The DTP Executive Board spans the three partner universities and includes the DTP Leads who have extensive experience of postgraduate training. To reflect the triumvirate nature of our Partnership, the Chair is on a rotational basis.

The Executive Board is:

Professor Keith Lindsey (Chair), DTP Lead Durham

Head of School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Durham University

Professor Alan McCarthy, DTP Lead Liverpool

Head of Admissions and Recruitment for the School of Life Sciences, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool

Professor John Kirby, DTP lead Newcastle

Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University

DTP Cohort Coordinators:

Professor Rus Hoelzel

School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Durham University

Dr Mal Horsburgh

Director of Masters in Microbiology/Microbial Biotechnology, Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool

Dr Tim Cheek

Deputy Director, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Newcastle University

Academic Representative:

Dr Nadja Reissland

Deputy Head of Faculty (Postgraduate), Faculty of Science, Durham University

Dr Gina Pinchbeck

Institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool

Professor Rob Edwards

Head of the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University

PGR Student Development Facilitators (DTP cohort events):

Dr Sam Nolan

University Director of Postgraduate Training, Durham University

Dr Stephen Bickerstaff

Head of PGR Development, University of Liverpool

Dr Richy Hetherington

Postgraduate Skills Development Coordinator, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University

DTP Administrative Lead:

Ms Barbara Sumner (Graduate School, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle; the administrative lead organisation for the DTP is Newcastle)

Programme benefits

  • An exceptional programme of research training
  • Around 16 fully-funded studentships across the partnership each year
  • Cutting edge technologies and state-of the-art facilities to deliver world-class results


New Studentships Advertised

The Partnership is offering up to 22 four-year BBSRC-funded studentships starting in October 2018. 

A wide range of projects across the Partnership are available for application under the broad themes of Agriculture & Food Security, Bioscience for Health and World Class Bioscience: 

Further details and a link to the application form can be found at: 

Our Find A PhD page

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