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Our flagship future leaders programme is now open for applications

The third round of our Future Leaders in Innovation, Enterprise and Research (FLIER) programme is now open for applications.

“If you want to help bring about change in your sphere of work and you have ideas about how to work with others to solve problems in health, this immersive leadership programme is a fantastic opportunity. FLIER will give you time to reflect, help you learn more about good leadership and introduce you to an exceptional group of talented people who will help you achieve your vision,” says Professor Paul Stewart, our Vice-President (Clinical) and Chair of the FLIER Taskforce.

This unique programme aims to develop leaders of the future who will drive innovation by creating collaborations across sectors such as academia, industry, the charitable sector, the NHS, media and science communications, regulatory bodies and government.

Professor of Cardiometabolic Health Jason Gill from the University of Glasgow took part in the second round of FLIER. He said: “The FLIER programme transformed my perception of what a leader is, challenged me to think bigger, and introduced me to a fantastic network of friends and colleagues. I can’t recommend it highly enough. If you meet the criteria, you really should apply.”

FLIER is aimed at people in the middle of their career who are established in their own sector and with the seniority to create organisational change. They will have an emerging vision of how cross-sector working and collaboration could help solve the future challenges of research and healthcare.

The Academy is committed to working towards equity, diversity and inclusion and we actively encourage applications from candidates with underrepresented protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

People who are selected for the programme will establish strong and long-lasting cross-sector networks, develop the tools and contacts to create meaningful collaborations and enact change and increase their understanding of effective leadership skills. They will also gain access to bespoke financial management training and experience collaborative working via a work-based cross-sector project

Dr Elin Haf Davies, a member of the first cohort of the FLIER leadership programme and CEO of digital health company Aparito, says: “The course has been very much about understanding my own personal character traits, what motivates me and gets me excited, and what makes me frustrated. The residential courses have been super valuable in forcing us to take time out and give us thinking space. It helped me remember what I’m trying to achieve and why I built Aparito, and reminded me that it’s about creating a better patient experience in clinical trials.”

Read more about the people who have taken part in the first and second rounds of the programme and what they have learned.

The FLIER programme was developed by a cross-sector taskforce of current leaders and delivered in partnership with bespoke leadership, talent and engagement specialists Cirrus.

Professor Stewart says: “We are delighted by the progress of the first two cohorts of FLIER. Participants have gone on to achieve amazing success, for example collaborating on large scale studies, setting up start-ups together and creating a strong peer support group. We’ve adapted the programme according to the feedback we’ve received so far, and we hope the third round of this programme will be even better as a result."

Find out more about FLIER and how to apply. If you have any questions, contact the FLIER team at The deadline for applying is 17.00 GMT on 18 March 2022.

The FLIER programme is generously supported by the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation and the Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ‘Investment in Research Talent’ fund.

Read more about the programme here.


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