Training and careers group

The training and careers group (TCG) is responsible for developing the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) strategy for non-clinical and clinical training, careers and skills. The TCG takes a broad, long-term perspective on MRC’s role and strategy in meeting skills shortages, the academic needs of trainees, clear career pathways, and the skills needs of the future.

It assists MRC in coordinating the research training strategy with other organisations including the National Institute for Health Research, industry, professional organisations and the other research councils. The group liaises with MRC research boards and the other overview groups to ensure training and research strategies are aligned.

The chair of the TCG is Professor Moira Whyte, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and the Sir John Crofton Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

Membership from 1 April 2022

  • Professor Rosalind Smyth (Interim Chair), University College London, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  • Professor Marina Botto (Clinical Panel Chair), Imperial College London
  • Professor Matt Lambon-Ralph (Non-Clinical Panel Chair), University of Cambridge
  • Professor Ibrahim Abubakar, Director, Institute for Global Health, University College London
  • Professor Barbara Casadei, University of Oxford
  • Dr Robin Buckle, MRC, permanent member
  • Professor Diana Eccles, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
  • Professor Adrian Liston, Babraham Institute
  • Professor Peter J Magill, MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit, University of Oxford
  • Professor Nancy Papalopulu, Division of Developmental Biology and Medicine, University of Manchester
  • Professor Rickie Patani, Institute of Neurology, University College London

See the training and careers group conflicts of interest register.

Contacts

Dr Jennifer Anderson – Head of Training and Careers

Email: jennifer.anderson@mrc.ukri.org

Projects/bodies/committees:

  • MRC Training and Careers Group
  • UKRI Research Careers Network
  • Clinical Academic Training Forum (CATF)

Dr Tom Beattie – Programme Manager for Doctoral Strategy

Email: tom.beattie@mrc.ukri.org

Patch:

  • MRC doctoral training policy and strategy
  • MRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)
  • Industrial CASE studentships (iCASE)
  • oversight of all MRC-funded PhD students and opportunities.

Projects, bodies and committees:

  • MRC training and careers group
  • various DTP and centres for doctoral training advisory boards and steering committees
  • UKRI/cross-council groups on doctoral training
  • AMS mentoring and career development programme.

Dr Samantha Moore – Programme Manager for Clinical Careers

Email: samantha.moore@mrc.ukri.org

Patch:

  • strategy for clinical careers
  • transition to independence fellowships (Clinician Scientist Fellowships)
  • transition to leadership fellowships (Senior Clinical Fellowships)
  • clinical academic research partnerships (CARP).

Projects, bodies and committees:

  • MRC training and careers group
  • Clinical Academic Training Forum (CATF)

Dr Kerry McLaughlin – Programme Manager for Clinical Careers

Email: kerry.mclaughlin@mrc.ukri.org

Patch:

  • strategy for clinical careers
  • clinical research training fellowships (CRTF)
  • MRC Deputy Lead for UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF) scheme.

Projects, bodies and committees:

  • MRC training and careers group
  • AMS starter grants for clinical lecturers.

Dr Barbara Haenzi – Programme Manager for Non-Clinical Careers

Email: barbara.haenzi@mrc.ukri.org

Patch:

  • strategy for non-clinical careers
  • transition to independence fellowships (career development awards)
  • transition to leadership fellowships (senior non-clinical fellowships)
  • MRC lead for UKRI future leaders fellowship (FLF) scheme
  • oversight of new investigator research grants (NIRGs).

Projects, bodies and committees:

  • MRC training and careers group
  • various FLF committees and project areas.

Alison Campbell – Panel Manager for Non-Clinical Fellowships

Email: alison.campbell@mrc.ukri.org

Competitions:

  • Non-clinical fellowships (career development awards, senior non-clinical fellows)
  • UKRI FLF scheme (MRC-related applications only).

Zoe Walker – Panel Manager for Clinical Fellowships

Email: zoe.walker@mrc.ukri.org

Competitions:

  • clinical fellowships (clinical research training fellowships, clinician scientist fellows, senior clinical fellows).

Annie McKeown – Panel Manager for Studentships, CARP and Transition Support

Email: anne.mckeown@mrc.ukri.org

Competitions:

  • MRC doctoral training partnerships (DTP)
  • clinical academic research partnerships (CARP)
  • transition support award.

Projects, bodies and committees:

  • Secretariat for MRC training and careers group
  • MRC studentship reporting and data capture.

Last updated: 12 April 2022

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