Teaching, study and training
Rob teaches at all levels for various degree programmes and is the Admissions tutor for the BSc (Hons) Microbiology degree.
The modules he contributes to are:
Part I: Introductory Microbiology; Pathology: Introduction to human disease; Exploiters and Exploited
Part II: Function of the Bacterial Cell; Animal, Plant and Microbial Development
Part III: Mechanisms in Microbial Function, Systems Biology, Arctic Microbiology Field Course (to Iceland)
Undergraduate – voluntary work is always considered for enthusiastic students who wish to gain experience in microbiology and plant pathology. As Rob is a member of several learned societies (SGM, BSPP, GS, IS-MPMI, ASM), he can apply for summer studentship grants to support research of 6-10 weeks in his lab during the summer vacation – drop him an email if you are interested.
Postgraduate (PhD) – There are several projects available to work on towards a PhD. Details of funding, when available, will be shown on the Home page of this site, but self-funded or scholarship-based projects are always considered. Funding for International students may come from your government or via a UK-country scholarship scheme (eg Felix scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Program). For details on University fees, contact Mrs Sarah Swan in the Postgraduate Study office. Note that research council-funded studentships often cover fees and stipends only for UK nationals and fees only for EU students.
Postgraduate students and postdocs are trained in various microbiology, molecular biology and plant pathology techniques. The lab has close links with various other investigators (eg Dawn Arnold, Paul Rainey, John Mansfield, Nick Waterfield, Gail Preston) who we can turn to for advice. The Centre for Quality Support and Development also offers a number of training courses in general skills and career progression. Attendance at Journal Club, departmental seminars and various University symposia helps to broaden scientific knowledge. Conference attendance (often in quite exotic locations) is positively encouraged to facilitate networking and keep up with thelatest, cutting edge research.