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Who can undertake the Clinical Academic Training Programme?

Academic Clinical Fellows

Academic Clinical Fellowships are designed to provide dedicated time to undertake research in one of The University of Nottingham School of Medicine’s leading research groups. They offer25% protected time for academic training and research. This is integrated with the 75% of the post spent in clinical training.

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Trainees utilise the research strengths of the school’s leading researchers to explore an area of importance in translational medicine or patient care.

Academic clinical fellows can expect to achieve research skills and academic competencies laid out in the Academy of Medical Sciences Guidance in addition to the clinical competencies laid out in their Royal College’s clinical curriculum.

Each speciality in the Clinical Academic Training Programme has an academic programme director who works with the trainee to identify both research opportunities and their research supervisor and on integrating clinical training and research during the posts.

In addition, the speciality’s clinical training programme director provides guidance on clinical posts and attachments and each trainee has a clinical educational supervisor who assists with acquisition of clinical competencies.

Additional, transferable academic skills such as research methodologies, data analysis, oral presentation skills, research governance, and teaching are key to all academics. Training in these skills is provided in the University’s N-Trans course. Clinical academic trainees can access the modules on this course throughout their posts and can choose to put these towards a master degree.


Academic Clinical Lecturers

Our Academic Clinical Lectureships (ACLs) support clinicians who are training to be the research leaders of the future, providing postdoctoral clinical academic training to expand individual research portfolios, tailored to individual research interests. 

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These posts are open to those who have already completed their doctorate (research MD/DM or PhD) and have 1-2 years clinical training remaining to eligibility for CCT. Time is split 50:50 between clinical and academic work.

Training in academic skills such as supervising research students, grant writing and research management are provided from within the School of Medicine alongside access to our mentoring programme.



Tanya Monaghan, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Gastroenterology, shares her experience in this video.


All clinical academics in training at the University

Our Clinical Academic Training Programme also supports clinical research fellows and clinical lecturers within the School of Medicine who are taking time from their clinical training programme either to undertake a higher research degree within the University or to embark on postdoctoral research. The programme provides mentorship and guidance on the integration of clinical with academic training, on accessing local opportunities including mentorship and on career progression.


School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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