MASTS Associate Membership

As MASTS has developed, institutions and organisations not currently part of the MASTS Consortium increasingly wish to take part in MASTS activities and initiatives. The following categories of Associate Membership are available:

  • Affiliated Members - i.e. Higher Education Institutions, NGO
  • Organisational Members - i.e. Charities, SMEs and Large companies

Download Associate Membership information.

What are the benefits of Membership:
  • Being part of the single largest marine science consortium in the UK (and one of the largest internationally) together with the collegiate and cognate networks and communications associated with it.
  • Access to modest amounts of funding for small grants, fellowships, internships and potentially studentships (with the caveat that only Scottish HEIs will be eligible for funds from the SFC)
  • Representation – MASTS is big enough to be recognised as a representative body on behalf of its members – EMB, EMBRC UK Node, MSF (Scotland), MSCC (UK) – MASTS members may be asked to nominate individuals to contribute to the activities of these bodies
  • Graduate School – all MASTS appointed studentships are members of the Graduate School and there is the option for members to give access to non- MASTS appointed students for a flat rate fee.
  • Forums – all MASTS members can become members of Forums and may be invited to nominate Steering Group members. Forum Convenors are elected from the MASTS member community only. Others outwith the MASTS community may be invited to join Forum Steering Groups where appropriate.
  • Annual Science Meeting – post July 2017 – MASTS members only will be eligible to submit abstracts, others outside the MASTS community may be invited. Preferential registration rates will be offered to MASTS members.
  • Resource Centre – MASTS members only are able to submit data re equipment and services – but the contents of the database are open to all.
  • MAST-Scotland is MASTS legal and charitable body and may be used by MASTS members, subject to MAST-Scotland Board approval
  • Inclusion in the MASTS email networks for staff and students of Associate members.
  • Staff and students may submit news and material to the MASTS website and newsletter.
  • Staff and students are eligible to join future project consortia developed under MASTS.
  • Staff and students may use the Directorate to seek/disseminate information from/to the MASTS community.
  • Staff and students may be included in consultations in which MASTS may be included as part of its representative role.
  • Staff and students may submit requests for vessel time as part of the annual process operated by MASTS in association with the vessel owners.
  • Members can be full participants in the Making the Most of Masters Scheme
Limits to Organisational Membership:
  • No representation on MASTS Executive Committee, Governing Council or MAST-Scotland Board
  • Would not normally be eligible to apply for MASTS funds
  • May only take part in graduate programme if able to support >30% of Ph.D. studentship
  • May not use the MASTS logo or publicity material without specific permission of the Directorate and approval of material for web site, social media or publication.

Apply now - all applications will be reviewed by the MASTS Executive Committee (EC) and applicants may be asked to attend an EC meeting to make a brief presentation and answer questions. Following EC approval, the applicant will be invited to sign a standard Associate Membership Agreement. Applicants are expected to have read the Agreement and be able to accept it before submitting an application. Please contact MASTS Operations Director, Mark James for a copy of this.

Many of the benefits of MASTS membership result from being involved in MASTS activities. MASTS' provides a unique network through which to access knowledge, expertise, cutting edge technology and other physical and intellectual resources.

The capacity of MASTS to coordinate and deliver marine science at a national level is recognised through our relationships with Government, regulators and industry. From an academic perspective, our member institutions benefit from having national and international representation as well as the necessary critical mass to attract multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research funding. 

MASTS is linked to a number of internationally recognised and influential marine research bodies both directly and through its members. We actively seek to ensure that MASTS representatives populate opinion forming and decision making bodies relevant to marine science, governance and regulation.

We promote the expertise within the MASTS community to take an active role in relevant consultation processes and seek to provide the best available evidence to inform decision-making.

MASTS has an established record in commissioning R&D and in the provision of policy advice. The MASTS administrative infrastructure makes MASTS an attractive organisation for cost effective R&D procurement and disbursing funds. MASTS is currently seeking to secure legal and charitable status which will allow MASTS to act more effectively on behalf of its members.

Download MASTS Ethical Guidance Statement