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Matthew Young

Matthew Young

Co(l)laboratory Doctoral Programme Manager

Doctoral School and Research Office

Staff Group(s)
Graduate School Professional Services


Responsible for the management of the Universities for Nottingham Co(l)laboratory Doctoral Training Partnership, including:

  • Overall programme development and delivery
  • Supporting the co-creation of Co(l)laboratory research projects
  • Civic and community engagement with Co(l)laboratory research

Career overview

Matthew joined NTU Doctoral School and Research Office in 2022 as manager of the 8-year, £5.1m UKRI-funded project, Co(l)laboratory, which aims to develop novel approaches to community-led, civically engaged research and doctoral training.

Matthew is a research engagement specialist, having previously managed and delivered institutional public engagement with research agendas. He also has extensive experience leading on a wide variety of creative, collaborative projects and events that enable researchers, community organisations and individuals to work together to generate new knowledge that is impactful and responsive. He is committed to growing a culture of accessible and inclusive engaged research that breaks down the barriers between research and wider society.

Research areas

Matthew's current research interests focus on the structures and methods of creating accessible and inclusive engagement of non-academic communities in research cultures and how these impact research outcomes. His research background is in the biomedical sciences, having earned his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham.

External activity

Matthew maintains an active profile in the UK's formal public engagement with research sector. He has experience as an expert panel reviewer for public engagement with research funding programmes, having previously reviewed for the Natural Environment Research Council and the Wellcome Trust. Matthew is also a former producer and current board member of the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity and a trustee of Pride in STEM.