Dr David Stanley
CDT Development Manager
T: 0161 306 4161
David’s role is about engaging with advanced materials-focused EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the UK with the aim of establishing and supporting a national cohort of advanced materials PhD students, focussed through Royce. The intention is to bring together the best materials talent and add value to their individual CDT programmes by facilitating access to world-class Royce equipment and training opportunities, sharing best practice and expertise between CDTs, and running special events such as conferences, lectures, workshops, and on-line forums.
David’s technical background is in chemistry, with a BSc from UCL, and MSc and DPhil from the University of Sussex. After post-docs at the University of Chicago and at Sussex he moved to industry, joining the Advanced Materials Group of ICI as a Senior Research Scientist, working on the synthesis of ceramic carbides, nitrides and borides. He later moved to the Process Technology Group of the bulk chemicals business of ICI, leading small teams on a variety of projects, including assessing process applications for supercritical fluids and the crystallisation of bulk organics.
In 2000, David returned to the academic world in a business development role at Keele University, before joining The University of Manchester in 2003, making the move into the skills development field as Training and Skills Manager for the Northern Aerospace Technology Exploitation Centre (NATEC). In 2005 he became Manager of the EPSRC Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Centre in Manufacturing, and subsequently the EngD Centre in Nuclear Engineering, both based at The University of Manchester. David took up his post at the Royce in January 2018. He is a Chartered Chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.