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The NIHR Academy held it's launch event at the Barbican Centre, London, with a range of high profile talks and discussions.

Professors Rebecca Kearney, Waljit Dhillo and SPCR Oxford lead Richard McManus at a Q&A session talking about research and funding programmes


The Academy's launch aimed to:

1. Raise awareness of NIHR academic training, it's value and impact

2. Create excitement around the NIHR Academy, reaffirming the NIHR's commitment to academic training, career development and research capacity development

3. Highlight the new capacity building initiatives being developed by the NIHR Academy

Read the NIHR press release, 25 October 2018

The NIHR Academy is committed to ensuring the nation's research workforce has the capacity and capability needed to address growing challenges ranging from multimorbidity in the elderly to the mental health needs of the young. The Academy will work to attract professional groups where research capacity is low, including nurses, pharmacists and social scientists, and to break down barriers to career progression, especially for women. 

School funded trainees have always been considered for applications to many of the NIHR Academy's (formerly Trainees Coordinating Centre) programmes of research and training including the Doctoral Research Training Camp, the Annual Conference and the Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC) which is currently open for applications.

All our national and international opportunities open to SPCR trainees are documented in the SPCR Training Handbook.