Postgraduate Training

Some of the postgraduate students at ASM19

Our Postgraduate Training aims to enrol the most exceptional candidates and nurture them to become the next generation of leaders in world-class asthma research. 

What is special about our PhD opportunities? 

  • A Postgraduate Training Coordinator works across the Centre to build capacity and capability in the applied asthma research field.  
  • Training opportunities include an Annual Scientific Meeting, webinars, face-to-face sessions, online resources and a strong student voice on the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research’s Management Committee.  
  • All studentships must have an external supervisor from a partner institution within the Centre. Reflecting the ethos of the Centre, this has led to cross-fertilisation of ideas and fostered new collaborations across the UK.  
  • Proposals are all reviewed by a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) panel to ensure that the projects are relevant to patients. PhD students are encouraged to seek patient feedback on all aspects of the work. 
  • Regular conferences offer opportunities to network and collaborate with leading applied asthma researchers from across the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research’s member institutions and scientists from many more affiliated Universities across the UK 
  • A bursary scheme supports the students’ attendance at national and international conferences to present their work. 

The wider support of the Centre 

The PhD studentships are further supported by the extensive infrastructure of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. In addition to postgraduate training, other platforms include methodological support and practical resources (including our UK database of asthma research volunteers, REACH, and the UK Asthma Observatory), structures for robust patient and public involvement and proactive dissemination supported by a Knowledge Exchange lead.

What do our PhD students research? 

The varied studentships cut across all research programmes of the Centre, and across our strategic supporting platforms. See below for details of all our PhD studentships.

Our PhD students

Key People

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Hilary Pinnock
Lead: Optimising management of asthma attacks, Lead: Postgraduate Training, Network Coordinator
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Gwyn Davies
Lead: Postgraduate Training
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Lauren Blake
Postgraduate Training Co-ordinator


We have directly leveraged increased funding for asthma research and brokered collaboration between clinicians, researchers and policy makers.  

Some studentships are funded directly by Asthma UK as part of the core funding of the Centre. Others are funded though matched institutional/government/health board support. There are new opportunities for PhD students across the UK to become formally affiliated to the Centre; which should further enhance research development and UK-wide collaboration. 

All our PhD students and early career researchers benefit from the support and training of the Postgraduate Training Platform. 

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