Research Excellence

Adventure Programme

Our Adventure programme captures our desire to explore new areas of research or to translate expertise into new application areas.

Current activity focuses on clusters of studentships based around an adventurous research question or new application area; three ‘Adventure miniCDTs’ are now in place with fully-funded opportunities for people interested in undertaking doctoral research in these areas:

Designed self-assembly of nanoparticles within fluids and at interfaces – led by Prof Andy Archer in Mathematical Sciences, School of Science – Currently recruiting

The mini-CDT is to understand the fundamental science of pattern formation, self-assembly and structure formation on the micro-/nano-scale in bulk Soft Matter and at interfaces. When liquid films containing solute nanoparticles/colloids dry on a surface, pattern formation can occur. The simplest case is the classic coffee ring-stain. However, depending on the interface, type of solvent(s) and suspended particles, the drying of liquid films and droplets can also leave regular line-patterns, networks, fingered and other structures. Understanding the fundamental science of such processes will lead to control of such self-organisation, enabling these phenomena to be harnessed in advanced manufacturing, coatings and separation technology.


Improving the Health of Our Online Civic Culture: New Frontiers in the Social and Information Sciences  - led by Prof Andy Chadwick, School of Social Sciences – Currently recruiting

The Online Civic Culture Centre for Doctoral Training at Loughborough University applies cutting edge concepts and methods from social science and information science to advance understanding of the role of social media in shaping our civic culture. It enables teams of researchers and PhD students from the social sciences and the information sciences to work together on issues of misinformation, disinformation, and the rise of hate speech and incivility online. It develops evidence-based knowledge and practical policy proposals to mitigate the democratically-dysfunctional aspects of social media. At the same time, it identifies and promotes the positive civic engagement benefits of social media.


Beyond the binary: The critical issue of gender and sport in a changing world – led by Dr Gemma Witcomb, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences – Recruitment closed.

One of the most influential, powerful and visible institutions upholding the gender binary is sport – where participation is predominantly segregated by biological sex, rooted in widely-held beliefs about fairness and the biological advantages of being male. Yet such beliefs are over-simplistic, legitimise discrimination, and hinder the sports participation of transgender (intersex, trans, non-binary) people. With the rapidly growing societal visibility of transgender people, there is an unprecedented need to address this. This mini-CDT will explore, in multiple ways, the current and changing landscape of sports participation for transgender adults and children and recommend changes to promote inclusive participation.


Feminism/Sexual Politics/Visual Culture – led by Prof Hilary Robinson, School of Arts, English and Drama – Currently Recruiting

Recent tsunamis of feminist activism, from sport to science, are the catalyst for this mini-CDT in sexual politics and visual culture. This generation’s political-cultural challenge moves into unknown territory: radically changing global complexities in academic, political, and artistic relationships between feminist praxis and culture, 48 years after Millet’s Sexual Politics, bring adventure, risk, urgency and promise. Our ambition to establish a PhD Programme supportive of this movement, based on innovative feminist pedagogic principles, confirms our aim to launch a unique UK Centre. Breaking arts’ and academia’s disciplinary barriers, we focus upon extending proven expertise into the new cultural sexual politics.

Geometry in Robotics, Algorithms and Design (GRAnD)

Studentships Commencing October 2017.
Principal Investigator – Dr Hamid Ahmadinezhad


Studentships Commencing October 2017.

Principal Investigator – Dr Paul Roach

Gas Plasma Interactions with Organic Liquids: Fundamental Processes, Chemical Probes and Novel Synthetic Technologies

Students commenced October 2016

In the future we plan to create opportunities to secure small grants, in open competition, to enable short-term networking activity focussed on a specific goal.

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