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27 January 2006

HEFCE launches Clinical Senior Lectureship Awards

A call for nominations for the ‘new blood’ Clinical Senior Lectureship Awards opens today (27 January). HEFCE and the local NHS trusts have committed 100 million for up to 200 posts through five annual rounds of awards. It is anticipated that up to 40 Clinical Senior Lectureship Awards will be made in 2006.

The scheme is open to qualified clinicians with research experience in all medical specialisms, including primary care and dentistry. Further details on how to apply can be found at www.hefce.ac.uk/research/cslaward/.

The selection panel assessing nominations will be chaired by Professor John Tooke, Dean of the Peninsula Medical School and Chair of the UK HE Funding Councils’ Joint Medical Advisory Committee. Professor Tooke is delighted to be associated with the scheme and said:

"Senior clinical academics provide a crucial role combining research and teaching with clinical care. Their contribution is vital in securing advances in healthcare for patient benefit but also for ensuring the training of future doctors and dentists incorporates research awareness. These new Clinical Senior Lectureship Awards will provide excellent career opportunities for our best clinical academics and provide considerable encouragement for clinicians considering a clinical academic career path."

The scheme is part of a broad programme to improve career pathways for researchers in medicine and dentistry initiated by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.