Black Lives Matter

June 2020

Our centre is dedicated to equality and inclusion and in the light of events taking place around the world and here in Bristol we wanted to share with you the responses of our partner institutions regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.

University of Bristol

University of Nottingham

University of Warwick

University of Manchester

Imperial College London / Follow-up



Materials Winter School 

January 2020

As part of our collaboration with the Henry Royce Institute our students were invited to apply for the Materials Winter School hosted by the Royce Institute and Bragg Centre at the University of Leeds. Our student Jenny Jobling talks about the course here

‘The 3 day workshop gave students the opportunity to learn about material fabrication and analysis techniques, such as material deposition methods (including thin film and pulsed laser deposition), scanning electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopy, and X-ray spectroscopy. As well as being able to visit the labs to see the state-of-the-art equipment in action, there was also the opportunity to learn about clean-room techniques, where there were impressive demonstrations of lasers capable of engraving materials to 1 micron accuracies! It was a thoroughly enjoyable workshop and learning from academics at the forefront of their field was a really valuable experience.
Thank you to all the staff involved in organising and hosting the Winter School!’

It’s great to see our students taking part in optional courses already and marvellous that this will help Jenny with her research.

Welcome to our New Foundlings

November 2019

After a couple of weeks of settling into their respective Universities we had the pleasure of welcoming our first cohort of FIND CDT students for their weeklong residential induction.

The students took part in an intensive, but rewarding, range of activities throughout the week to help kick start the beginning of the PhD and EngD courses.

The programme started with a welcome to the centre and an introduction to working in non-destructive evaluation, within both academia and Industry with tips on how to kick start their career as future leaders in the NDE profession.

The students benefited from communications skills training, focusing on research relationships, which will help with those first supervisory meetings.

Next on the agenda was an action-packed day with industry visits, which included tours, lectures and practical hands on NDT. We also went bowling in the evening and students had the opportunity to network with academics, industry leaders, students and representatives from the centre…and partake in pizza.

The week ended with students taking part in a two day workshop where they got to experience life as a start-up company and deliver a business delivery to a client. This programme ensures that our students will start their projects with an enhanced understanding on how to begin to bridge the gap between academia and business, and the language to communicate with both communities.

All in all a fantastic start to the year, and for the CDT hub, it was very exciting to finally meet our new students.


Bristol Hub 

September 2019

Following appointments over the summer months we now have a full team leading the FIND CDT from our hub based at the University of Bristol. From left to right we have Prof Bruce Drinkwater- FIND CDT Director, Amy Harris- FIND CDT Manager, Lily Fogden- FIND CDT Administrator and Prof Anthony Croxford FIND CDT Programme Director. We are excited to work together as the international centre of excellence in Doctoral- level training in sensing, imaging and analysis for Non-Destructive Evaluation.