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Advanced Biomedical Materials CDT

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Biomedical materials have advanced dramatically over the last 50 years and continue to evolve today.

Davide Verdolino

With its top facilities and the chance to work with internationally leading experts, there is no better opportunity to launch my research career than this [CDT].

Davide Verdolino / Advanced Biomedical Materials student

With a rapidly growing and ageing population, there is greater demand for more effective and cost-effective healthcare interventions, and this CDT trains an interdisciplinary cohort of students to compete in this field.

It combines the strength and track record in biomaterials innovation, translation and industrial engagement at The University of Manchester and The University of Sheffield, aligning with the needs of the UK for resource, skills, industrial collaboration and cohort training.

Our research focuses on developing and translating smart and responsive biomaterials with a particular emphasis on higher throughput, greater reproducibility of manufacture, and characterisation.

Students work with industry partners and undertake clinically-relevant research and advanced projects at The University of Manchester and The University of Sheffield - helping to forge the next generation of UK leaders in biomedical materials research.

We welcome students from a variety of relevant subject areas including chemistry, maths, physics materials and biology to ensure that future biomaterials experts have a diverse range of skills.

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

We want our Centre for Doctoral Training to stand out from other postgraduate research programmes and one of the many ways we’re doing this is by embedding the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) throughout the entire postgraduate research lifecycle. Our work here will ensure that our graduates develop into socially responsible citizens making society a better place for all.

Our CDT has its very own EDI Committee and it is expected that student representatives will participate fully in it when it meets (at least) twice per year to review EDI strategy. We want our student representatives to join us in helping build the kind of research environment that you the student would like to see. Dr Tom Shearer currently chairs this Committee which has the following remit:

  • (The EDI Committee) will adopt an active leadership role in the workings of the CDT.
  • Identify and address challenges relevant to the topics and communities related to the CDT (academic and sectoral as necessary) with defined progress indicators.
  • Improve the EDI culture and associated practices (adapting strategies if necessary), taking account of long-term challenges and wider associated culture change.
  • Support diverse recruitment and flexible support of staff and students with a range of backgrounds and personal circumstances and integrate this into the CDT’s management and monitoring plans as well as organisational policies.
  • Specifically, address and action responsible research across the board.
  • Provide students with skills to progress their careers and research.