Our vision is for the Leicester BRC to be a beacon of biomedical research excellence that offers developmental opportunities to all staff.
The BRC is committed to creating an inclusive environment that considers protected characteristics. We will work with the EDI Lead to examine training proposals to ensure they do not inadvertently perpetuate or exacerbate inequalities. We will collect such data as is required to audit, review and report progress.
The BRC, in collaboration with its component organisations, will focus on embedding career progression for non-medical clinical researchers. This work has already started and is described in the UHL R&I strategies for nurses and midwives, and for therapy research.
The BRC will work with Clinical Research Practitioners to produce a career development strategy that will enable them to join the Academy for Healthcare Science Accredited Register if they wish to do so.
The BRC will explore innovative training/career development opportunities in collaboration with research funders from the charity sector and from industry.
The BRC aspires to being able to offer mentoring for everyone. To achieve that it will build capacity by providing virtual Developmental Training workshops. We will monitor annually the number of trained mentors and the proportion of members in a mentoring relationship. The BRC will also advocate strongly for the NIHR Post-Doctoral Mentorship Programme, particularly for members of underrepresented groups.
The BRC will introduce a Career Development Framework, a bespoke training plan, for all new staff, to ensure they can progress to the next level when the opportunity arises.
The BRC will invest in its website so that it better supports the career development of its staff.
There has been a transformational change to the delivery of educational events, both nationally and in-house, with the successful adoption of virtual meetings. We intend to collate a register of established educational activities organised by individual BRC Themes that can be opened up to the wider BRC membership to facilitate a greater awareness of research methodologies and promote cross-theme collaborations.
Building on successes:
- The Leicester BRC-East Midlands Integrated Academic Training (IAT) Joint Programme – that has generated five university professors and three senior academics.
- The Diet and Activity Research Translation (DART) Collaboration, and its Nutrition Professionals Network.
- Academic Clinical Excellence Seminars (ACES) – to incorporate all themes and be accessible on the BRC YouTube channel.
- Management Forums – to develop a cohort of BRC managers
You can read our full training strategy here: Training_Strategy_BRC