The UK's status as a world leader in medical research is underpinned by its first class workforce. We want to see the next generation of medical scientists navigate a clear career path with the right funding opportunities, in whatever sector they work.
Through our careers policy work, we monitor the research, healthcare and higher education landscape in order to identify and influence key issues that impact biomedical and health researchers.
Research in the NHS
Research-active NHS staff are struggling to find time for research. Our report sets out a powerful vision to enhance the NHS-academia interface to make sure scientific discoveries boost the NHS and improve patient care. Read more on our policy pages and news article.
We continue to champion broader recognition and team science, through our landmark 2016 team science report and 2019 follow-up workshop. Read a blog from report chair Professor Dame Anne Ridley: Now is the time to take a team-based approach to team science
We work with the Royal Society to support Global Talent visas for researchers with exceptional talent or promise who wish to work in the UK. We also produce rapid-response policy reports, consultations and reviews such as:
- 2019 workshop report on the impact of COVID-19 on biomedical research careers
- Response to General Medical Council 2015 consultation on standards for medical education and training.
- Response to General Medical Council 2013 Shape of Training review of postgraduate medical education and training.
- Monitoring and advocacy around the Government's 2012 NHS workforce reforms leading to the Care Act 2014.
We also engage with Government strategies and initiatives which aim to improve the UK's research culture. Read our response to the Government's People and Culture Strategy to find out more.
ur careers policy work is led by the Academic Careers Committee, which works across the spectrum of clinical and biomedical research careers to identify and address key policy. Chaired by Professor Chris Pugh FMedSci and Professor Margaret Frame FMedSci, it incorporates the expertise of Academy Fellows, alongside that of individuals from a range of career stages.
Professor Margaret Frame FMedSci (co-chair), Professor of Cancer Biology and Director of Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, University of Edinburgh
Professor Chris Pugh FMedSci (co-chair), Professor of Renal Medicine, University of Oxford
Dr Amy Foulkes, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Dermatology, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Daniel Horton, Lecturer (Veterinary Virology), University of Surrey
Professor John E Ladbury, Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds
Professor Paul Martin FMedSci, Professor of Cell Biology, University of Bristol
Professor Sharon Peacock CBE FMedSci, Professor of Clinical Microbiology, University of Cambridge
Professor Andrew Pickles FMedSci, Professor of Biostatistics and Psychological Methods, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
Professor Philip Quirke FMedSci, Head of Pathology and Tumour Biology and Sub-Dean for Postgraduate Academic Training, University of Leeds
Dr Katherine Sleeman, NIHR Clinician Scientist in Palliative Medicine, King’s College London
Dr Giselle Wiggin, Principal Scientist, Heptares Therapeutics
Professor Julie Williams CBE FMedSci FLSW, Professor of Neuropsychological Genetics and Head of Neurodegeneration Research, Cardiff University