Clinical Academic Training Programme

Awarded in April 2019, the Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Training Programme in Birmingham will fund 10 Clinical Research Training Fellowships and eight Intercalated MB-PhD studentships over five years.

Cancer Research UK Clinical Academic Programme




Our vision

We aim to be a leading centre for the development of the next generation of academic clinicians and clinician scientists working towards curing cancer. We want at least 20% of our consultant workforce in oncology to be academic clinicians and for every multidisciplinary team to have an academic clinician as a core member.

Why does this matter? View the below video to find out what clinical research and trials mean to patients.

Day in the life of a Professor of Medical Oncology

Clinical Research Training Fellowships

Intercalated MB-PhD

Leadership and governance

Our Clinical Academic Training Programme management team reports directly into the Cancer Strategy Board and links with the Centre Management Group (via Professor Gary Middleton and Dr Dan Tennant). The key components to our academic training plan are reflected in the composition of this team (listed below), who meet quarterly to review progress towards implementation of initiatives and make recommendations for any adjustments to the proposed programme plan.

  • Professor Gary Middleton: Clinical Director of Cancer Research UK Birmingham Centre, Programme Lead, and Career Progression and Mentorship Post-doctorate Lead
  • Professor Kate Thomas: Vice Dean for Medicine, Programme Director for MBChB and Diversity and Widening Access Lead
  • Dr Keith Brain: Head of Intercalation and MBChB Lead for medical training years 1 and 2
  • Dr Dan Tennant: Head of the Medical and Dental School Graduate School and Quality Assurance Lead
  • Dr Clare Davies: CRUK Birmingham Centre Non-Clinical Training Lead
  • Professor Lorraine Harper: Deputy Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer (Training and Development) and Clinical Academic Trainee Development Lead
  • Mrs Karen Carter: Postgraduate Research Operations Manager