Highly skilled scientists and clinical researchers across all healthcare professions are essential for the discovery of new ways to advance treatments to improve people’s health.
Our BRC funding provides Greater Manchester with an exciting opportunity to develop the next generation of researchers with the knowledge and skills to undertake high quality experimental medicine and translational research.
We have brought together expertise from across our partnership to design and deliver a range of training and career development opportunities for all healthcare professionals, at all levels, through the following schemes.
PhD / Fellowships in Experimental Medicine
We plan to support over 25 PhD studentships in areas of high-quality interdisciplinary research over our five years of funding.
We will also support over 10 Clinical Research Fellows to undertake PhDs in experimental medicine, as a stepping stone to becoming our future Clinician Scientists and research leaders.
Our students and fellows receive comprehensive research training whilst conducting cutting edge research under the supervision of world-leading researchers and within high quality research facilities.
Our BRC PhD students and fellows are part of a network of researchers in experimental medicine with opportunities to share knowledge and enhance their professional development.
Current PhD opportunities:
Development of MRes programmes in Experimental Medicine
The BRC is expanding the current University of Manchester MRes programme to encompass all of the research themes across the BRC. The MRes in Experimental Medicine will provide opportunities for students, including doctors, nurses and scientists, to learn whilst being part of a clinical research team in the BRC.
Students will learn about the design, leadership and delivery of high-quality early clinical studies to industry-relevant timescales though taught units and projects directly related to experimental medicine.
Placements in experimental medicine
In collaboration with the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility (CRF) and supported by Corridor Manchester and Health Innovation Manchester, we are investing in the next generation of NHS researchers.
The NIHR Manchester BRC is offering nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals including (but not limited) to physios, audiologists and dieticians, the chance to experience what research is like through short, flexible 4-6 week taster placements; and also offering employers backfill funding to release you from work for the duration.
Find out more – read placement student Will’s blog
“Becoming embedded in the team during my BRC placement allowed me to gain great insight into research. I found talking to staff about their experiences in research and attending courses provided by the university very useful. I thoroughly enjoyed completing a research project which enabled me to gain further skills and obtain knowledge in this environment.” Fiona, placement student
“I feel the experience has increased my confidence surrounding the entire research process. I’ve had an excellent time being able to hone in on some existing skills relevant to research like critical appraisal. It’s also been a brilliant opportunity to learn new skills like data analysis methods too!” Brendan, placement student
Themed Discussion and Networking Events
We run regular events and training sessions for all BRC staff and wider partners to:
- Develop transferable skills training (e.g. in entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property (IP) management, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE))
- Raise awareness of the research across the BRC and build a sense of identity to ensure a collaborative and innovative partnership.
Digital reach through communication: Twitter and opinion writing workshop – 15th Feb 19, 9.00 – 13.00, Nowgen Centre
Previous events (presentations available under resources):
Rapid Translational Incubator workshop: helping you to resolve challenges with experimental trial and studies – 11 Dec 18, 13.00 – 17.00, Core Technology Facility
Understanding the impact of patient and public involvement in research: Making evaluation work for you – 22 Nov 18, 9.00 – 13.00, The Nowgen Centre
Understanding IP management, when to commercialize and engage industry – 2nd Nov 18, 9.00 – 15.00, Samuel Alexander Theatre
Prevention better than cure? – 17 Sept 18, 9.00 – 13.00, Nowgen Centre
Improving clinical pathways through prediction of health risks and outcomes – 21 June 18, 9.00 – 13.00, Nowgen Centre
How Precision Medicine will transform healthcare – 2 March 18, 8.00 – 13.00, Citylabs
Effective Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) in Experimental Medicine – 27 Nov 17, 9.00 – 12.30, Nowgen Centre
NIHR Doctoral Fellowships
A 3 year full time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in an area of NIHR research.
NIHR Advanced Fellowships
A 2-5 year fellowship for those post-doctoral level and is aimed at several specific points of a researcher’s career development.
As part of the new structure of NIHR Fellowships, the NIHR Academy is partnering with seven of the UK’s leading medical charities for the first time, to offer jointly funded Partnership Fellowships, at both Doctoral and Advanced (post-doctoral) level.