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The Scientist Training Programme (STP) has been designed as an integrated academic and work-based programme, and effective communication between the workplace and the academic provider is essential to enhance the quality of the education and training. When a trainee joins your department, as their training officer we recommend that you contact the relevant HEI lead (details are shown below) and establish a direct channel of communication. 

Consent for data sharing has already been given by the student in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which is held by the School. A signed copy of your trainees' MOU can be obtained upon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a blank MOU can be found under appendix 3 of the STP Trainee Handbook 2015.

As the training centre you will share with the HEI:

  • The most appropriate contact for the dissemination of training information 
  • Changes to the contact details of the training supervisor 
  • Concerns regarding students’ academic performance and / or programme delivery  
  • Anticipated student absence or withdrawal from the academic programme.

The HEI will share with you:

  • Outline timetables for academic attendance and key milestones within the programme at the commencement of the academic year, this may be available via a welcome pack, email distribution, access to the virtual learning environment or HEI website
  • Dates for examinations and re-sit opportunities 
  • Reports of where students fail to the attend academic component of the programme within 5 days of failure to attend
  • Timescales (not reasons) for where extenuating circumstances requests are agreed for submission of assessments or additional resits of examinations 
  • Concerns regarding academic performance
  • Concerns regarding professional behaviours once academic process has been concluded 
  • Risks to academic progression, discussions should ideally include the trainee, the training officer and the academic supervisor. Facilitation of discussions can be led by the School's professional leads.

We anticipate that the student and training officer, as part of routine STP performance review discussions, will review:

  • Academic performance
  • Causes for concern with academic programmes. In the first instance these should be raised with the HEI for resolution, concerns should only be raised to the School should the resolution not be deemed sufficient by the student and supervisor.

Details of the HEI lead contacts are shown below. Training centres can also access HEI Employer Liaison Days on the School website under ‘Events’.

Higher Education Institute leads

HEI Lead name Email  Website
Aston University Wahid Zaman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  http://www.aston.ac.uk/ 
University of Birmingham Denis Thomson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/index.aspx 
University of Liverpool  Janet Kennedy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/
Kings College London  Slavik Tabakov  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   http://www.kcl.ac.uk/index.aspx  
Queen Mary University London  Michele Branscombe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  http://www.qmul.ac.uk/  
University of Manchester/Manchester Metropolitan University  Sarah Williams  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  http://mahse.co.uk/  
Newcastle University Rob Carter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  http://www.ncl.ac.uk/fms/postgrad/  
The University of Nottingham Chris Penfold This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ 
Swansea University Richard Hugtenburg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  http://www.swansea.ac.uk/