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Our FREE PG Marketing Conference Webinar on Wednesday 27 January explored current developments surrounding international student eligibility for UKRI stipends in the context of PGR recruitment, and the marketing opportunities offered by the new UK Doctoral Loan student finance option.

The presentations

UKRI Policies for Doctoral Training - All You Need to Know

Presented by Robert Hardwick, Head of Research and Innovation Skills, BBSRC

In the context of PGR recruitment, Rob explored developments surrounding international student eligibility for UKRI stipends and home fee awards, and support for UKRI funded students impacted by Covid-19.

How Much? The Value of the UK Doctoral Loan in PGR Marketing

Presented by Mark Bennett, Head of Content, FindAUniversity

Mark explored the opportunities and challenges posed by the UK Doctoral Loan, a relatively new student finance option, and suggested ways to build engaging marketing and recruitment around it.

Meet the speakers

Robert Hardwick
Head of Research and Innovation Skills, BBSRC

Rob is the Head of Skills at BBSRC and has strategic and operational oversight of BBSRC’s investments into doctoral training, working closely with the academic and industrial bioscience research communities, the UKRI Councils and other stakeholders. Prior to this, Rob completed his PhD and five years as a postdoctoral researcher in genetics.


Mark Bennett
Head of Content, FindAUniversity

Dr Mark Bennett is Head of Content at FindAUniversity, with overall responsibility for the information, advice and guidance students find on our websites. He regularly engages with prospective students' funding queries and has presented on postgraduate funding, experiences and IAG at events organised by Westminster Forum, UKCGE and HELOA.


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