More clinical lectureships announced

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) today announced awards for 38 new clinical senior lectureships at 12 universities in the second round of a national scheme to support senior clinical academics in their career development.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) today announced  awards for 38 new clinical senior lectureships at 12 universities in the second round of a national scheme to support senior clinical academics in their career development.

'These new Clinical Senior Lectureships will provide excellent career opportunities for our best clinical academics. Senior clinical academics provide a crucial role combining research and teaching with clinical care', said Professor Sir John Tooke, who chaired the selection panel. He is also Dean of the Peninsula Medical School and chairs the Health Education Advisory Committee and the Medical Schools Council.

'Their contribution is vital in securing advances in healthcare for patients. It will also ensure that the training of future doctors and dentists incorporates research awareness and will help the UK maintain its excellent reputation for clinical research.'

Professor David Eastwood, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said: 'HEFCE's participation in this scheme reflects our commitment to working with partner bodies to improve the strength and sustainability of the national research base. I am delighted that the awards have again attracted very strong applications in a range of specialisms, helping to develop the careers of future leaders in world leading clinical research.'

A summary of universities awarded lectureships and their specialisms is given in note 3.

The awards are designed to develop high-quality capacity and secure long-term sustainability and enhanced outcomes in research and teaching at senior lecturer level. HEFCE and local NHS trusts have committed £100 million to fund up to 200 posts through five annual rounds of awards. The scheme is part of a broad programme to improve career pathways for researchers in medicine and dentistry initiated by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (www.ukcrc.org).

For further information, contact: Philip Walker on 0117 931 7363, e-mail p.walker@hefce.ac.uk

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