Royce welcomes David Stanley to help develop a doctoral student community

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The Henry Royce Institute is delighted to welcome David Stanley as its CDT Development and Coordination Manager.

In this new post, David will be working with current EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) – a national programme which supports the training of cohorts of new engineering and science PhDs – and those proposing new CDTs in the area of advanced materials.

Regius Professor Phil Withers, the Royce’s Chief Scientist, said: “The aim will be to add value to new and existing CDTs and to help establish a national cohort of ‘Royce scholars’ forming an extended network of the best materials talent, focussed through the Royce.

“We are aiming to engage with a wide range of CDTs whether they are run by existing Royce partners or elsewhere.

“We want to look at how we can add value to the work of each individual CDT so that they retain their independence and individual character – but also to help students engage in a wider materials community and gain access to a range of activities and facilities.

“These may be provided by other CDTs or by the Royce through special events, lectures, workshops and other training activities that might not be practical on an individual CDT basis or may benefit from wider involvement.”

David Stanley added: “I am truly delighted to be taking up this new post at the Royce.

“This new role represents an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of the advanced materials community in the UK.”

David Stanley, Royce’s CDT Development and Coordination Manager

David Stanely

He added: “I very much see this role as one of engaging with the advanced materials related CDTs on a broad front so that students have mechanisms for accessing the best kit and the best training available.

“For me personally it draws together a number of strands from my career that are particularly important to me: helping young scientists and engineers to make the best of their talents, by providing creative opportunities for that to happen; a commitment to fostering successful collaborations between academia and industry; and an interest in seeing science and engineering working at the boundaries of the traditional disciplines.

“I am looking forward to getting out to meet those running or considering to set up CDTs in advanced materials. Do please get in touch.”

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David Stanley Profile

David has a BSc in Chemistry from UCL and an MSc (Organometallic Chemistry) and DPhil (on the activation of the N2 molecule at transition metal binding sites) both from the University of Sussex. After post-docs at the University of Chicago and back at the University of Sussex, he joined the Advanced Materials Group of ICI plc as a Senior Research Scientist, working on the synthesis of ceramic carbides, nitrides and borides. He later moved to the Process Technology Group of the bulk chemicals business of ICI, leading small teams on a variety of projects, including assessing process applications of supercritical fluids and the crystallisation of bulk organics.

After leaving ICI, David ran his own chemical consultancy business before taking up a business development role at Keele University.

David joined The University of Manchester in 2003, making the move into the skills development field, as Training and Skills Manager for the HEIF-funded Northern Aerospace Technology Exploitation Centre (NATEC). In 2005 he took up his current post of EngD Centre Manager at the University of Manchester, responsible for EngD (Engineering Doctorate) programmes in Manufacturing and Nuclear Engineering. The Nuclear Engineering EngD is a multi-institution CDT led by Manchester and Imperial College London and co-funded by EPSRC and industrial partners from the nuclear sector.

He is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.