Building a GW4 Clinical Academic Training Community

Initiator Fund

Project period: May to August 2015

GW4 community leads

University of Bath: Professor Stephen Ward
University of Bristol: Professor Jeremy Tavaré
Cardiff University: Professor Paul Morgan
University of Exeter: Professor Angela Shore

Project overview

By creating a vibrant cohort of young talented clinical academics across GW4 we will significantly enhance our collective abilities to translate our basic biomedical and population health research into an impact on patient care. We will become increasingly attractive as a UK region for clinical academic training, placing ourselves in a powerful position to bid for major research funding for clinical academic training programmes and stand-alone clinical training fellowships, through the major funders.

The GW4 partners can boast a number of internationally-leading research challenge areas which underpin a compelling case to build a coordinated GW4 Clinical Academic Training programme. These challenge areas include cancer, cardiovascular science, infection and immunity and many more.

These challenge areas will provide a broad range of opportunities to clinical trainees, who will benefit from a comprehensive pan-GW4 clinical training programme that offers outstanding mentorship, and follow-through support towards intermediate and senior clinical fellowships, and then academic clinical lectureships.