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Does the University Library's researcher support service meet your needs?

The University Library is holding a series of focus groups to evaluate services for researchers.

The University Library is holding a series of focus groups to find out if their services are right for our researchers. They can only do this with your help. Are you willing to attend one of the four sessions below to provide feedback, ideas and discussion on services to researchers?

The Library is looking for University wide engagement, and are keen that the Faculty of Medical Sciences is represented at each of the sessions. They will be held in the Committee Room of the Philip Robinson Library at the following times:

Tuesday 7th February (Postgraduate Research students) 12.00-14.00

Tuesday 14th February (Academic/Contract researchers) 12.00-14.00

Thursday 2nd March (Academic/Contract researchers) 12.00-14.00 

There will be lunch provided, so if you are interested, please contact Erika Gavillet ( stating which session you are interested in attending.

PIPS project: pharmaceutical careers for medical and scientific students

Background information


The Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) represents innovative research-based biopharmaceutical companies, large, medium and small, leading an exciting new era of biosciences in the UK. 

Our industry, a major contributor to the economy of the UK, brings life-saving and life-enhancing medicines to patients. We represent companies who supply more than 80 per cent of all branded medicines used by the NHS and who are researching and developing the majority of the current medicines pipeline, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of helping patients prevent and overcome disease. 

Globally our industry is researching and developing more than 7,000 new medicines. 

The ABPI is recognised by government as the industry body negotiating on behalf of the branded pharmaceutical industry for statutory consultation requirements including the pricing scheme for medicines in the UK. 

Over the years, the ABPI has continually added to its careers website, making it a source of up to date and relevant information on careers within the pharmaceutical industry. Through the ABPI careers website we have raised awareness of the wide range of different jobs that the pharmaceutical industry offers as well as the different routes available to get into the industry. 

Project offered


The ABPI are seeking a PIPS student to apply their scientific, project management and information technology experience in a science communication context. The student will liaise with colleagues within ABPI, our members who work for pharmaceutical companies and external stakeholders, for example the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FPM), in order to:


  1. Gather and update careers information aimed at medical students and qualified medical professionals looking for medical career options in the pharmaceutical industry.
  2. Gather and update careers information aimed at students from other disciplines who are interested in science-based careers in the pharmaceutical industry.
  3. Re-shape and make more user-friendly the careers content on pharmacovigilance, regulatory affairs and other potential areas.
  4. Update an existing booklet on careers for doctors in the pharmaceutical industry and other career resources.


The student will propose ideas and also seek advice from our members and stakeholders on other ways in which the information could be improved, including the navigation and structure of the website content. Good communication skills and initiative to suggest new ideas are paramount on this role. The output of the project will be improvements to the website and printed content, which highlights the career opportunities available for physicians and scientists looking to work in the pharmaceutical industry.

The project will be supervised by Belen Granell Villen (Clinical & Regulatory Policy Officer), ABPI.



The project will be carried out from the beginning of March, with a preferable start date of 6th March.



The project is based at the ABPI office, 105 Victoria St, London SW1E 6QT. Some home working may be possible.

Benefits to student undertaking this project


This project will give the student an excellent overview of careers within the biopharmaceutical sector. The student will also have the chance to collaborate directly with our members and stakeholders through interactions with, for example our Medical Expert Network and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine.

Contacts may be developed that could be helpful to someone considering a future career in industry.



Expenses will be refunded in line with ABPI standard expenses policy. Travel expenses for commuting into London (if applicable) will be paid.



For more detailed information on the project please contact Belen Granell Villen (; 0207 747 7194).

A CV and letter of application should be sent by email to The closing date for applications is Friday 27th January 2017, with interviews w/c 30th January.

BBSRC PIPS Internship for Frontier Bioscience and Comms

Within BBSRC’s Science Strategy Group, and Communication and Engagement Team, there is an exciting opportunity for a Professional Internship for a PhD Students (PIPS) placement to work on ‘frontier bioscience’ communications. This interesting and challenging internship will provide an intern with insight into strategy development by the UK's leading bioscience research funder, knowledge of BBSRC’s world-class research portfolio, and experience of science communication with the research community.

Background to frontier bioscience

Frontier bioscience is pioneering, innovative and creative research that can lead to far-reaching discoveries. The support for this area is central to BBSRC's mission to advance knowledge and technology. Our frontier bioscience theme gives high priority to world-class discovery research, recognising it as essential to ensuring the UK remains a global leader in bioscience research and that we deliver 'bioscience for the future'.

BBSRC encourages researchers to ask fundamental biological questions that haven’t been solved and to work creatively towards solutions. By inspiring the brightest minds, supporting teams, enabling far reaching collaborations and funding curiosity driven science, bioscience can generate knowledge that in turn can lead to game-changing solutions and technologies. Genomics, epigenetics, gene editing, cell biology, and quantum biology are all such examples.

Role of the PIPS intern

There is an opportunity for a PIPs intern to highlight examples of frontier bioscience from our wide research portfolio and then to translate them into effective digital (and print) content for communications. The role will be shared between our Science Strategy Group and Communications and Engagement Team, providing a unique opportunity to learn about the work of both teams. The PIPs intern will explore BBSRC’s research grants portfolio and research outcomes impact around key frontier themes and assist in the development of related digital and print content, using a range of media from print (BBSRC Business magazine) to video and Twitter graphics, as well as writing and editing everything from short case studies to features and blog posts.

Frontier bioscience communications

BBSRC recognises the importance of communicating the excellent frontiers bioscience it supports with the research community to encourage and foster the submission of frontier bioscience through available funding opportunities. Following on from a campaign in this area focussed on the general public, BBSRC wishes to develop a forward communication strategy that engages with the research community increasing dialogue with our stakeholders, encouraging submission of cutting-edge research, and feeding stakeholder views into forward strategy development.

If you would like to apply for this PIPS placement, then please complete the application form and return it to by 17 February 2017. Interviews to be held on, or around, 22 March 2017. You should be available to start your placement in April / May 2017. Questions on this placement can be directed to Dr Stephanie Williams-Blackwell ( or Mr Arran Frood (

‘From Medicine With Love’: A Film Festival


Organised by the MiLAN Collective: Medicine in Literature and the Arts at Newcastle.
Exploring health based narratives through literature, film, music, art, dance and performance; promoting creativity and compassion in healthcare and medical education.

13 February: Still Alice
4 February: Wall-E
5 February: Amour
6 February: Untouchable
7 February: Life, Animated

Further information, and to book free tickets:

PIPS Opportunity: Learning from Good Practice in Impact

BBSRC Innovation and Skills Group is looking for a PIPS intern to conduct an analysis of the recent Excellent with Impact programme with the aim of producing internal and external guidance to inform Good Practice for managing and achieving Impact from investments in Research. This might also lead to a potential high level paper, as well as the opportunity to enhance a range of professional skills. 

Role of the PIPS intern 

Based in BBSRC’s Swindon office, the project will require the design and iteration of an appropriate methodology, literature review and contextualisation, analysis of existing evidence and information (potentially using text mining software), as well as collaborative writing of the proposed guidance documents. The intern will work independently within the team, and will get the chance to interact with people across the BBSRC office as well as external stakeholders who took part in the programme.

The applicant should have an interest in the delivery of impact from bioscience research, the development and application of data analysis methodology, and the writing of policy and/or guidance documentation. The benefits to the PIPS intern will include an increased knowledge of impact activities carried out by researchers and research organisations, the development of an understanding of how impact might be measured, experience of how a major bioscience funding body operates, exploring alternative scientific career options, and development of networking and communication skills. 

Background to the project 

At the conclusion of EwI, BBSRC is keen to build on the data and resources invested in the programme in order to identify good practice in achieving and managing impact. We intend to produce a good practice guide for institutional impact, as well as other internal and external publications. Leveraging the unique experience of the competition, BBSRC hopes to disseminate emergent good practice for the benefit of organisations across the UK and internationally, including ROs, partner organisations, and others. 

Background to Excellence with Impact 

The Excellence with Impact (EwI) competition recognised institutions that developed and successfully delivered a vision for maximising impact, alongside a relevant institution-wide culture change. There were 30 participating Research Organisations (‘Participants’) who engaged with the competition for three years. Throughout the competition Participants submitted various documents, hosted visits from BBSRC staff and Assessors, and participated in assessment interviews.

EwI formed part of the Fostering Innovation suite of competitions. These competitions recognise the commitment by BBSRC-supported researchers to facilitate and deliver economic and/or social impact from their research, and the efforts of knowledge exchange practitioners, research organisations, and BBSRC strategically-funded institutes in supporting and encouraging this process. The Fostering Innovation competitions aim to promote excellence amongst researchers, knowledge exchange practitioners, departments, and institutions by recognising successful approaches to innovation and impact in the biosciences.

Questions on Excellence with Impact and on this placement can be directed to James Sundquist:

Download an application form 

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