Lincoln graduate leading the future for research at Nottingham University Hospitals.


For University of Lincoln graduate Matt Dorrington, BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, 2012, coming to Lincoln was one of his best decisions. Initially, set on joining the Royal Air Force as a Pilot, Matt decided to pursue a career in Biomedical Science and joined the University of Lincoln in 2009.

As a result of strategic defence reviews and the cuts to the Armed Forces, Matt decided to change his career and now,  almost four years on, Matt is a Research Awards & Project Manager at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, an Honorary Scientist at the University of Nottingham and still flies in a reserve capacity in the Royal Air Force, teaching the next generation of budding pilots.    

Matt told us: “Choosing to study Biomedical Science at Lincoln was one my best decisions and it completely changed my career path. The course gave me a sound knowledge of biological sciences and helped me develop my laboratory skills, which is what landed me my first graduate role.”

Matt moved to Nottingham after finishing his exams to start his first graduate role. Matt said: “The first day was daunting but I was able to apply all the skills I learnt from university straight away.”


Matt Dorrington

After around 20 months in this post, Matt started as a Research Associate at the University of Nottingham, working under Professor David Bates. He told us: “My next role involved me working on numerous projects in tackling cancer; I was working in a world leading cancer research team with world renowned surgeons. I absolutely loved this job and I made use of the many opportunities open to me. I attended conferences where I presented research findings and I took on managerial responsibilities”.

After a year in post, Matt saw an opportunity to move into management and started as a Research Awards & Project Manager where he remains today. Matt currently develops all of the non-commercial research proposals with world leading clinicians and manages all of the active non-commercial projects, a combined worth of over £15.2 million.

One of Matt’s highlights at the University of Lincoln was presenting the School of Science graduation closing speech, where he spoke to an audience of over three thousand at Lincoln Cathedral. Matt said: “I was absolutely over the moon when I received the phone call to say that I had been chosen. I always disliked public speaking but since doing the speech, it now comes easy. I remember being so nervous at the time but it was a great feeling when I finished the speech.”.

  Matt Dorrington

Matt wants to further develop his management skills and hopes to move into hospital operational management where he aspires to reach board level one day.

Matt’s advice for anyone considering studying at the University of Lincoln: “The University of Lincoln has a great reputation amongst employers for developing a knowledgeable and skilled workforce and is climbing up the league tables.” 





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Date: July 2016

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