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Strategic Support Funding to Date

Strategic Support Funding to Date

The Wellcome Trust and the University contributed £5.2m, which funds the Medical Sciences infrastructure and support areas.

We work towards Athena SWAN principles, and have achieved Bronze compliance across our academic units.

Post-doctoral scientists

Our bridging scheme helps us support the retention of our skilled researchers. This contributes to our commitment to meet the concordat to support the career development of researchers.

Since October 2011 we have supported 72 research staff. We retained 50 on further grant awards, while 12 have left our employment. The rest have yet to complete their bridging period.

We updated our Fellowship Scheme in 2011. The aim is to attract external applicants and incorporate mentoring as an essential element. Since spring 2012 we have appointed 11 faculty fellows for varying periods up to three years.

In 2013-14 we piloted a new scheme to support post-doctoral research independence. These 12 start-up grants for early career researchers provided:

  • consumables
  • access to our shared scientific facilities
  • small pieces of bench equipment
  • training
  • conference attendance
  • postgraduate students

In 2013-14 we piloted a scheme that enabled nine postgraduates to gain specialist expertise. This improved their research and brought expertise into the team that supports them. A similar scheme opened in 2014-15, too.

Undergraduate research experience

Since October 2011, 61 undergraduates received funding for vacation research projects. This opportunity is still available.

This research experience supports our aim to recruit high calibre postgraduates. The provision of relevant experience during the summer vacation helps to achieve this.

Research leaders' development

We held a research leaders' development centre in May 2013 and six academic staff joined. The aim was to gather an understanding of their:

  • strengths
  • development needs
  • needs for attaining leadership positions

Preliminary data gathering

We ran a scheme for 21 months from January 2012 which supported 61 researchers. They gathered preliminary data to enable them to submit grant applications. We evaluated the scheme in June 2014 and found that it had been valuable for a range of reasons, in particular:

  • acquisition of further data (50%)
  • exploration of a novel approach (48%)
  • a new collaboration between PIs (39%)
  • a research technique tested (36%)
  • completion of a research proposal (32%)
  • support for a publication (30%)
  • completion of an existing project (27%)
  • support for a conference paper/presentation (27%)

A similar scheme opened in 2014-15.

Research seminars and lectures

The Faculty supports research group events and an annual programme of research lectures. This includes opportunities to visit the University for:

  • world leading experts
  • visiting fellows
  • professors

Public and patient engagement

We are ensuring that engagement becomes embedded within research. Good practice is important to our support team and local discipline-based champions.

Scientific facilities

We provide a range of specialist scientific facilities and expertise.

Translational research support

A specialist funding development manager supports our core translational research structure. They project manage grant applications and interact between study teams and funders.