Clinical Academic Training and Advisory Committee (CATAC)

Meeting Dates

Thursday, 22 September 2022 14:00

by Zoom

Monday, 12 December 2022 14:00

by Zoom



Remit and Membership

Head of College Professor Iain McInnes
Chair Professor Christian Delles 
Dean of Graduate Studies Professor Stuart Nicklin

School representatives

School of Cancer Sciences  Professor Richard H Wilson
School of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health   Professor Patrick Mark
School of Health and Wellbeing  Professor Vittal Katikireddi
School of Infection and Immunity  Professor Jonathan Cavanagh
School of Neuroscience and Psychology Professor Keith Muir
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing  Professor Matthew Walters (Professor Scott Nelson deputy)
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing Mr Campbell Roxburgh
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing Professor Syed Faisal Ahmed

MVLS representatives

 Finance Resource Manager  Mr John Richmond
 Deputy Head of Human Resources Mr David Tedman

 NES representatives 

 Dean of Postgraduate Medicine  Professor Alastair McLellan
 NHS Education for Scotland   Ms Susan Nicol

 Trainee representatives

 Clinical Lecturer (CiRN)

Dr Mark Salji, Dr Jennifer Burton


 Dr Julie Langan-Martin


Dr Terry Quinn

Administrative support

Clerk to CATAC Audrey Hillis 
Graduate School Manager

Lesley Dinning 

Other members can be co-opted as necessary if specific expertise is required.


  • To develop and co-ordinate a support structure for Clinical Lecturers and to review academic progress, including:
  • Maintain accurate records of all Clinical Lecturers within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences;
  • Co-ordinate with relevant groups the process for approval of new posts and renewal of existing posts;
  • Co-ordinate with divisional management teams the arrangements for recruitment of Clinical Lecturers;
  • Maintain relationship with Postgraduate Dean to ensure retention of existing posts and development of new NES-funded posts;
  • Ensure that arrangements are made for academic representation at NES clinical training appraisals;
  • Determine support mechanisms for Clinical Lecturers, including the appointment of Academic Mentors, and monitoring of annual progress.
  • To institute a series of biannual 'away days'.
  • To secure intermediate fellowship funding and/or new academic opportunities where progress is judged to be satisfactory.
  • To establish formal procedures for review where it has been concluded that academic progress is not satisfactory.

Clinical Lecturer - Post Approval

CATAC are responsible for considering and approving all Clinical Lecturer posts.  If you wish for CATAC to consider a new or replacement Clinical Lecturer post, please contact the CATAC clerk, Audrey Hillis by emailing

Feedback from the Committee will be communicated to the post proposer, and if approved, the post will be advertised via the University's e-Recruitment system.