Director and Associate Directors

The Grand Union DTP is led by the Director, Professor Rebecca Surender, Associate Head of the Social Sciences Division (Graduate and Research Training) and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford.

The Associate Directors are Professor Steve Pile, Professor of Human Geography at The Open University, and Professor Louise Mansfield, Professor in Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Brunel University London.

The DTP Deputy Director is Dr Marnie Howlett, Departmental Lecturer in Russian and East European Politics Oxford School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA) Department of Politics and IR (DPIR) University of Oxford

Management Board

The Grand Union DTP Management Board is responsible for the oversight and management of all aspects of the DTP grant and partnership activities. The Management Board is chaired by the DTP Director, co-chaired by the Associate Directors, and its membership includes pathway leads representing each of the five pathway clusters. Membership also includes elected full-time (FT) and part-time (PT) student representatives. The Management Board meets termly, and appoints the Grand Union Studentship Awards Panel from its membership.

Advisory Board

The Grand Union DTP Advisory Board supports the DTP on its strategic priorities of non-academic collaboration and widening participation. Its membership includes representation from the commercial, government and third sector, tasked with playing a scrutiny and challenge role. 

Scholars Association

The Scholars Association consists of a Chair, who acts as student representative on Management Board, and representatives for Part-time students, for OU and Brunel students, and a Collaboration and a Data Skills Champion. The association organises social and academic activities, and provides the opportunity for students to develop leadership skills