Academic Careers Office (ACO)

The aim of the Academic Careers Office (ACO) is to promote, support and develop all aspects of academic and clinical academic careers in health related disciplines across UCL and the BRC.

The Experimental Medicine Academy (EMA) is a programme of work run by ACO to support experimental medicine and translational research at UCL; it is funded through the BRC's Education theme.

The EMA goes beyond its previous success by building a more innovative and far-reaching programme that builds regional and national capacity in experimental medicine. The EMA:

  • Provides training and development opportunities for the entire research community
  • Nurtures leadership qualities in early career researchers
  • Drives change in key priority areas

The EMA’s programmes reflect the real needs of the biomedical research community. Many are available to researchers from across UCL and institutions, regardless of their BRC affiliation.

Current projects include:

ADAPT portfolio of resilience building schemes

The ADAPT portfolio of programmes aim to build a more resilient and risk-tolerant academic community through programmes targeted at key stages of their training.

ADAPT programmes run annually and are announced on the ADAPT webpage.

Clinician Coders

This innovative programme builds on UCL’s considerable experience in informatics teaching to enable healthcare professionals to effectively use computer programming and data science to complement their existing research. Clinician Coders combines e-learning in basic informatics with face-to-face problem solving sessions to cement learning and foster multidisciplinary working.

Clinician Coders workshops run a few times per year and further information in available on the Clinician Coders webpage.

BRC/Crick Clinical Training Fellowships

The UCLH BRC and the Francis Crick Institute work closely with partner BRCs to jointly fund one-year Clinical Training Fellowships. Fellows engage in experimental medicine research in preparation for a clinical PhD application.

Annual calls for this fellowship programme are announced in the autumn.

Podcast series and other initiatives

'That's not ideal' is the brand new podcast series from the ACO covering topics that affect the research and clinical community.

A number of other events, social media campaigns and further opportunities with the NIHR IAT Programme at UCL are available through the ACO. You can find out more about these opportunities in the ACO Newsletter and @UCL_ACO.