We would like to introduce you to the key people involved in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing (CoSEM CDT) and it's predecessor the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composities for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT).

The CoSEM CDT was established in 2019, with the first cohort of students starting in September 2019. Similar to the previous Centre, operational duties are undertaken by the CDT Director, working with a Management Committee. This Committee includes the Deputy Director and Research Co-Ordinator, Deputy Director and Taught Programme Co-Ordinator, Industry Engagement Manager, dedicated CDT Lecturers, CDT Manager, Postgraduate Student Administrator and elected Student Representatives. 

The ACCIS CDT will continue to operate until until 2024, with the last cohort of students starting in September 2018. Operational duties are undertaken by the CDT Director, working with a Management Committee.

Our students are all academically gifted graduates from a wide range of academic disciplines (e.g. aerospace engineering, biochemistry, chemistry, civil engineering, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, physics and textiles engineering). The student body is divided into cohorts of between 10 and 16 students.

Our performance, quality and strategic direction are reviewed annually through meetings of our external Advisory Board, which comprises key stakeholders including external academics and industry partners. Our Advisory Board make a valuable contribution to the continuing development of the CDT and our students.

Project supervisors are drawn from within the Bristol Composites Institute, and other collaborating departments within the University, as well as collaborators from other universities and our industrial partners.


I joined the CDT because it gives me the opportunity to meet various people with various expertise. I really like the cultural diversity in the CDT.

Stefania Akromah

New research students are welcomed to BCI and made to feel at home. The CDT structure allows for numerous reasons for social contact between year groups. Research students do not feel isolated.

Calum McInnes

Cohort experience is great. Access to previous cohorts has been invaluable.

Chris Grace
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