About ETP

About us

ETP is a partnership of 14 Scottish higher education institutions, providing world-class capability and resources in energy R&I.

Our administrative and physical host is the University of Strathclyde. We have a strong governance structure, with representation from across its academic partners, and wider stakeholder community.

Partnerships for the future

Established in 2008, we work in strategic partnership with innovation translators, industry and government to future-proof Scotland's position as a world-class centre of research excellence and globally competitive driving force in energy, and a key actor in Scotland’s drive towards a just transition to net-zero.

Our focus

ETP's activity is focused on three areas:

  • Promotion and growth of world leading research based on Scotland’s internationally competitive research base.
  • Translation of research for impact, through knowledge exchange activity, communication, conferences, seminars, workshops, special interest groups;
  • Skills creation as driver for economic growth.

Member Universities

ETP is a research alliance comprised of 14 Scottish HEIs, each with areas of outstanding research capability in the energy sector.


  • Professor Sir Jim McDonald

    • Professor Sir Jim McDonald
    • Chair
  • Vacant

    • Vacant
    • Executive Director

Board Member Representatives

Name Institution
Prof Sir Jim McDonald Chair
Prof Paul Mitchell Deputy Chair
Prof Peter Andras Edinburgh Napier University
Prof Scott McMeekin Glasgow Caledonian University
Colin Kirkpatrick Glasgow School of Art
Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer Heriot-Watt University
Prof Mamdud Hossein Robert Gordon University
Prof John Underhill University of Aberdeen
Prof Jonathan Knappett University of Dundee
Prof Markus Mueller University of Edinburgh
Prof Gioia Falcone University of Glasgow
Prof Ben Wilson University of the Highlands & Islands
Prof Tom Brown University of St Andrews
Prof Andrew Tyler University of Stirling
Dr Nick Kelly University of Strathclyde
Prof Jonathan Lawrence University of the West of Scotland
Vacant Executive Director

ETP Governance

  • ETP Board in conjunction with ETP Internationalisation Subcommittee and ETP Advisory Board

  • ETP Management Team in conjunction with Executive Director's Advisory Group (EDAG) and Energy Research Advisory Forum (ERAF)

    • Executive Director

      • Project Manager

      • Project Assistant

      • Comms Assistant

  • Core Programme

    • 12 Theme Champions - Theme Groups

  • Externally Funded Programmes

    • Energy Industry Doctorate Programme (EIDP) - PhD Students

    • Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) - 9 BDMs

Our Funding

How is ETP funded?

ETP is the Scottish research partnership for energy, funded by its 14 partner higher education institutions.

The 14 partner higher education institutions provide £135kpa of support. This funding supports a management team of 2.2FTE: an Executive Director, a Project Coordinator, and a Communications Assistant.

What we fund

This core funding enables ETP to win and run programmes worth an additional £1.5Mpa. These comprise: