Students and Interns gain an insight into future research career options

An event designed to help guide CLAHRC PhD students and Interns on their future research career paths has taken place in Liverpool, hosted in a partnership between CLAHRC North West Coast and CLAHRC Greater Manchester. 

The PhD Futures Event on the 26th February was attended by over thirty PhD students and Interns, including those from CLAHRC NWC’s Partners Priority Programme. 

Joanna Harrison, CLAHRC NWC Research Capacity Delivery Manager, said: “The event is designed to help students and interns think about the future research careers and options open to them. Today we will offer guidance and inspiration from experienced researchers who’ve been where they are. Hearing personal journeys and being able to network and speak to that person face to face is one of the best ways to gain an insight into what specific career decisions can entail.”

Professor Dame Caroline Watkins (Director of Capacity Building at CLAHRC NWC) and Dr Ruth Young (Public Health Research and Development Manager for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council), both offered an insight into their own research careers and the career decisions they made, in addition to how they ensured the research they have been part of was applied to make an impact.

In addition, supportive advice and guidance was provided by Dr Mark Goodall of The Research Design Service North West and Physiotherapist Jenny James (pictured, left, with Dr Mark Goodall), twice an Intern with CLAHRC NWC, who outlined her journey to a successful Integrated Clinical Academic programme application.  

PhD student Callum Rutherford said: “It has been interesting to hear from top academics that there is no direct route or fixed plan after a PhD to stay in research and hearing about the different paths that have been taken. My plan is to stay in research so it has been very helpful today to hear about the diversity in career options and the potential openings out there.” 

Lisa Nolan, Programme Manager (Children and Maternity) at Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, said: ”I’m part of the CLAHRC NWC Partner Priority Programme Wave 2 and being an Intern has reignited my interest in research. I would like to do a PhD around commissioning of children’s services and look more at the evidence based material out there for children’s mental health commissioning. Today has been a great help in informing me about what is out there to progress a research career.”

The daylong event also featured PhD students, whose research has now been completed, sharing their experiences in addition to speakers from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. 

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