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Data-Centric Engineering

Industry Partners

Our key partners include:

  • BT
  • BBC
  • Channel 4
  • Plextek
  • IBM
  • Qinetiq
  • TWI Ltd
  • Baxter Healthcare

In  addition we will be working in partnership with Tower Hamlets London Borough Council to enhance local skills.

We have strong links with The Alan Turing Institute, the national Institute for Data Science & AI, and in particular with their Data-Centric Engineering Programme. For example, our Scholars attended the Turing's DCEng Summit as part of their induction programme. 

We are seeking to expand our partnerships including multinationals, national companies and SMEs working in data-science and engineering space. 

Our Centre for Doctoral Training will deliver substantial benefits for companies including: increased innovation; improved data-science insights; stronger relationships with QMUL establishing new lines of collaborative research; inward investment in staff training; better staff retention; more diverse leadership amongst senior scientists within the company.

For further information please contact the Director of Partnerships Prof. Mark Sandler

If you are a prospective Professional Doctoral Scholar applicant but your company is not listed amongst our current partners, we can help you discuss our programme with your employer. Use the brochure and video below to start the conversation at work, and contact us discuss: 

PDS brochure [PDF 182KB]   

Our Advisory and Evaluation Board

The role of our Advisory & Evaluation Board is to advise the CDT Management Team on the planning, monitoring and delivery of aspects of the CDT, including:

  • Ensuring the CDT is true to the commitments made in the EPSRC’s Mobility Pilot Terms & Conditions of Award;
  • Ensuring that the delivery of the training programme is in-line with research training strategy and EPSRC Postgraduate Training requirements;
  • Ensuring financial management of the DTP is fair and transparent

The Board will also advise on our evaluation activities, including the following areas:

  • Recruitment and Admissions
  • Research Skills and Professional Development
  • Research Culture, Cohort Identity, and Wellbeing
  • Long-term Engagement and Impact

The Advisory & Evaluation Board is co-chaired by Sheila Gupta MBE, Vice-Principal (People, Culture and Inclusion), Queen Mary University of London, and Prof Seb Oliver, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sussex.


Dr Jane Wellens, Head of Graduate School, University of Nottingham;

Dr Rebecca McKelvey, Founder, In2Science and In2Research UK

Dr Kate Jones, Head of Learning and Professional Development, Vitae

Dr Owen Gower, Director, UK Council for Graduate Education

Olivier Thereaux, Head of Research and Development at the Open Data Institute

Partner Representatives:

Dr Peter Waggett, Emerging Technology Director, IBM

Dr Marcus Walden, Principal Consultant, Antennas and Propagation, Plextek

Carol Fletcher, Head of Academic & Research Partnerships, BT

Dr Graham Thomas, Head of Applied Research, Production, BBC

Dr Michael Terrell, Head of Data Science, Channel 4

Michael Roche, Senior R&D Manager, Baxter International

Prof Sajad Haq, Chief Scientist Advanced Services and Products, QinetiQ

Dr Nick Ludford, Section Manager, TWI

Dr Alec Gunner, Corporate Operational Improvement & Business Strategy, TWI

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