Clinical Academic Training at University of Glasgow

Clinical Academic Training at University of Glasgow

The Scottish Clinical Research Excellence Development Scheme (SCREDS) scheme covers clinical and academic training opportunities starting with academic foundation training moving into research fellowships and clinical lectureships.  There is also information about how to apply for advanced academic career development posts.

1. Academic Foundation Programme

This extremely successful scheme attracts applicants from all over the UK. There are opportunities for 18 posts from a diverse range of specialities.  Further details can be found at West of Scotland Academic Foundation Year Programme.  This programme is also supported by the Glasgow Evidence Based Medicine Society which focuses on Undergraduates and FY doctors interested in academia and evidence based medicine.

2. Clinical research opportunities

Opportunities are available for trainees to do either full time or part time clinical research.  The aim is that they will achieve a PhD or an MD taking two to 3 years.  Usually, these posts are known as Clinical Research Fellowships and require to be funded from external sources such as the Chief Scientist’s Office, the MRC, the Wellcome Trust or charities such as The  British Heart Foundation, CRCUK, The Arthritis Trust and many other speciality related charities. Also, the College of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences fund a small number of posts annually.  Details can be found in the Fellowship Handbook available through the MVLS Research Office, via Research Funding and Fellowships and the prestigious Scottish Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Initiative.  

3. Clinical Lectureships. All the Scottish universities have these appointments available and are funded either by the universities themselves or by NHS Education for Scotland (NES)

These posts provide the opportunity for speciality clinical training up to CCT as well as extra time to continue a research interest.  Overall, this is usually 80% clinical time and 20% research time averaged out over the full period of the post.

The focus is normally on those who have achieved a doctorate but there are opportunities for more junior trainees to do some pre-doctoral research. This will provide extra research time in order that the trainee is more likely to succeed in gaining a fellowship to do out of programme research.

Clinical lectureship models

Academic General Practitioners

General Practice has a different scheme.

Undergraduate Opportunities

There are many opportunities for undergraduates to develop their research skills. These consist of the Intercalated BSc, Student Selected Components and the Glasgow Evidence –Based medicine Society. More information can be found in the information for Undergraduates on the School of Medicine Website.

Appointments for advanced academic career development

It is possible to continue research after achieving a higher degree.  This may be done either before or after the award of CCT.  The posts are funded either by NES, the universities or external bodies.