Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research

Postgraduate Training

Training the next generation of leaders in applied asthma research

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 studentships? 

  • 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.  
  • bursary scheme supports the students’ attendance at national and international conferences to present their work. 

The wider support of the Centre 

The Centre 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 Asthma Observatory), structures for robust patient and public involvement and proactive dissemination supported by an advocacy lead.

What do our 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 studentships.

Our current students

Our former students remain very much part of our community, many have gone on to work within the Centre with postgraduate positions. Find out about their projects, and what they have gone on to do next, in their profile pages.

Our former students

Early Career Researchers

The Centre has a varied group of Early Career Researchers (ECRs). Each of the ECR members is working on a particular project in the field of applied respiratory research and has the opportunity to become a future research leader. Through the Centre, we offer additional training, support and connections to help them continue to develop their careers.

Our Early Career Researchers

Key People

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Hilary Pinnock

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Gwyn Davies


Lead: Optimising management of asthma attacks 

Lead: Postgraduate Training, Network Coordinator

Lead: Postgraduate Training  
Based at: University of Edinburgh Based at: Swansea University  
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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 + Lung 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 students across the UK to become formally affiliated to the Centre; which should further enhance research development and UK-wide collaboration. 

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