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Student ambassadors

The Student Advisory Group (SAG) consists of members of each cohort who represent the student body at meetings with the Management and Oversight Boards. They help to implement new ideas that benefit the overall experience of their peers, to offer different perspectives, and to ensure the PGRs' opinions are heard.

The current SAG representatives are:

To provide a platform for cross-cohort experience exchange, XM2 runs monthly group meetings as a forum to share insights from research and other activities, such as outreach, industry visits, conferences, and external training attended.

The XM2 group meetings are facilitated and managed by the PGRs to share knowledge and support each other in their professional development. With over 60 PGRs we now have 4 CDT groups consisting of a balanced cross-cohort mix, each chaired by two PGRs.

Chairs of the 2020/21 groups are:

Rachel Lennon

Kavya Sadanandan

Jacob Binsley

Dean Patient


Public engagement and outreach play an important role on the XM2 agenda. Many of our PGRs proactively engage with the public at science fairs, external and internal public engagement programmes, and through our Metabuddies scheme where we work with local schools to inspire and engage the next generation of scientists.

Conor Price is this year's public engagement and outreach coordinator.


XM2 postgraduate researchers proactively manage the Centre’s social media platforms and internal communication channels, to share knowledge and experiences internally and externally.

The current communications representatives are:

Keep your eye on this page for the launch of the new YouTube channel.

Community is an important factor in XM2.

In addition to the CDT group meetings and ad-hoc discussions where the postgraduate researchers bounce ideas off each other, share knowledge and experiences, and support each other in finding answers to their questions, the PGRs coordinate social events to encourage interactions and a positive work environment.

The representatives for social events are: