Postgraduate Training Partnerships
BTTG and the University of Leeds

Postgraduate Training Partnerships were initiated by the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in 1992 out of the need for more "industrially-aware" PhD graduates. The University of Leeds/BTTG partnership grew out of the mutual interest between the partners in the textile and related industries and the spin off work from that base.

The PTP scheme creates the necessary structure for highly motivated students to carry out research for a higher degree by undertaking an industrially relevant project based at our research laboratories in Manchester. Students register for a Ph.D. at Leeds University and therefore have both an Academic and BTTG supervisor. Each researcher has a maintenance grant and all fees paid by EPSRC.

The aim of the scheme is to produce high quality PhD’s who are industrially aware and therefore well placed to enter the industrial marketplace. DTI provides part funding of the postgraduate projects and matching support is obtained from an Industrial Partner.

Industrial Sponsorship

The most compelling benefits of this scheme to the Industrial Sponsor are:

Benefits to the Associate

The PTP scheme offers outstanding opportunities for Associates including:


Dr Paul F Hamlyn
PTP Industrial Director
Quality & Innovation Centre
BTTG, Didsbury
Manchester M20 2RB
trans.gif (43 bytes) Professor Stephen Burkinshaw
PTP Academic Director
School of Textiles and Design
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

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Important Notice

There are no more studentships available under the PTP scheme. In October 1999 we started the final intake of PTP Associates. A Faraday Partnership has now been established on Technical Textiles within which the 'PTP ethic' will be continued. The Faraday Partnership involves the University of Leeds, University of Manchester and Heriot-Watt University. For further details about this new scheme visit the TechniTex website.