Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who is involved in MASTS?

MASTS members include research institutes, universities, government and non-departmental public bodies.

Institution academic/
senior
researcher
PDRA/
senior
research fellows
PGRA /
technical
PhD Total
University of Aberdeen 25 40 20 50 135
Marine Scotland 16 45 29 1 91
University of Glasgow 12 4 2 12 30
Heriot-Watt University 16 15 1 15 47
Edinburgh Napier University 3 2 1 0 6
University of St Andrews 28 37 37 41 143
SAMS 18 20 84 17 139
University of Stirling 29 10 8 29 76
University of Strathclyde 4 2 1 4 11
Total 153 175 183 169 678

MASTS actively encourages new Associate Members, both individuals and institutions. There are a variety of options for interacting with MASTS, taking part in MASTS activities and becoming a member.

  • March 2013 - MASTS welcomed University of Edinburgh as an Associate Member.
  • March 2014 - MASTS welcomed University of Dundee as an Associate Member.
  • June 2014 - University of the West of Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage join as Associate Members.
  • July 2015 - St Abbs Marine Station joins MASTS as an Associate Member.
  • August 2017 - British Geological Survey joins as an Associate Member
How is MASTS funded?

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC), together with MASTS member institutions, invested approximately £75 million between 2009 and 2016 in developing MASTS. Approximately £34m of this total represented investment in new appointments and infrastructure. Between 1st August 2017 and 31st July 2022, MASTS will continue to receive some funding from the SFC, but the majority of its funding is now provide by contributions from is Member organisations.

Acknowledging MASTS support

It is important that all MASTS support is properly acknowledged and the following form of words should be used.

Non-direct financial support 
(in kind support, shared equipment, cooperative links etc): "The authors acknowledge the support of the MASTS pooling initiative (The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland) in the completion of this study. MASTS is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (grant reference HR09011) and contributing institutions".

Direct financial support 
(MASTS staff or students involved, travel funds and other direct support): "This work received funding from the MASTS pooling initiative (The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland) and their support is gratefully acknowledged. MASTS is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (grant reference HR09011) and contributing institutions".