Education and training

Training the next cadre of outstanding translational scientists, clinicians, nurses and other professionals allied to medicine in the design and delivery of early phase trials in inflammation is an over-arching priority for the NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre.

In keeping with our scientific strategy, training will emphasis the importance of common biological inflammatory pathways rather than disease specific pathways. Thus, research staff and trainees from a range of disciplines and backgrounds will share training in the principles and delivery of early translational medicine in relation to chronic inflammation.

Our track record of training has been exemplary. Training is delivered by integration of the resources offered through the NIHR infrastructure in Birmingham, including the NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (CRF), ARC West Midlands and Birmingham Health Partners, which provides an outstanding research-training environment.

Further information and resources

NIHR provide a vast amount of training and development resources for researchers at all stages of their career. Please see their website for further information about the following:

The Clinical Academic Training and Careers Hub (CATCH) also provides information and advice to support your career development.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is an important part of the Birmingham BRC, and training opportunities are available via both the University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. The NIHR also provides useful resources.

Via the University of Birmingham, information and resources are available covering:

Via UHB Moodle, training courses cover:

  • Communicating in the Workplace
    • Banter in the Workplace
    • Handling Difficult Conversation
    • Dealing with Sensitive Issues
    • Inclusive Language and Communication
  • Culture and Race
    • Understanding Race Bias
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Tackling Race Bias at work (Manager’s Guide)
  • Disability
    • Disability Confident Course
    • Disability Etiquette
    • Disabled Adventure in Customer Service
    • Disabled Adventure in Work and Recruitment
  • Gender
    • Understanding Gender Bias
    • Tackling Gender Bias
    • Understanding and Tackling Gender Bias
    • Gender Matters
    • Managing Maternity and Paternity at Work
  • Inclusion Essentials
    • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Inclusion in Action
    • Impact of Micro Behaviours
    • Effective Bystander
    • Understanding Unconscious Bias
    • Creating an Environment Based on Respect
    • Understanding Equality Impact Assessments
    • Inclusive Leadership
    • Working in the Equality Act
    • Diversity Challenges
  • Mental Health
    • Managing Stress
    • Mental Health in the Workplace Overview
    • Mental Health Doing the Right Thing
    • Mental Health Stress Less
  • Sexual Harassment
    • Tackling sexual Harassment for Managers
    • Understand and Confront Sexual Harassment at Work
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender
    • Trans Friendly Workplace for Managers
    • Trans Awareness

The NIHR Research Design Service has developed an Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Toolkit. This resource aims to support researchers to better understand how to embed EDI in research design and to meet the NIHR’s EDI requirements. You can learn more about the NIHR EDI Toolkit, and access practical guidance, tips and resources on how to embed EDI at all stages of your research, by watching this webinar.

Our Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Manager, Laura Chapman, works closely with PPIE Leads from across the University of Birmingham and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust to offer bespoke, face to face and online training sessions for both members of the public and researchers wanting to develop their knowledge of public and patient involvement.

The Birmingham BRC places a high priority on PPIE training, and are keen to ensure all BRC members have access to and attend an “Introduction to PPI” workshop within 12 months of joining the Centre.

Visit our “Training and Resources” section on our PPIE webpage to find out more and to book a place on a drop-in session or workshop.

A number of education and training resources are available through Birmingham Health Partners; a strategic alliance between the University of Birmingham, the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, and two NHS Foundation Trusts – Birmingham Women’s & Children’s, and University Hospitals Birmingham.

Courses, Fellowships and Programmes include:

  • Internship programme – An introduction to research leading to pre-doctoral or MRes study or further career development
  • Pre-doctoral bridging programme – Designed to bridge the gap for individuals with Masters-level or equivalent qualification who aspire to doctoral level study
  • Post-doctoral bridging programme – Bridging the gap between doctoral level study and applying for a Clinical Lectureship, enabling career progression
  • BHP starter fellowships – Year-long launch pad for clinicians interested in a translational research career
  • Research to publication – A flexible online research methodology and publishing programme for healthcare professionals

Mentoring is available for Academy members (NIHR Trainees) through the Academy of Medical Sciences-NIHR pairing scheme.

The University of Birmingham’s new Researcher Training and Development webpage highlights training around the grant support available across the university and includes access to recordings of previous grants training sessions.

Please see below further on-demand training opportunities:

  • ‘Healthy Ageing: Concepts, Interventions and Preparing for the Future’ MOOC
    Available via FutureLearn, this massive open online course (MOOC) was developed by colleagues based at the University of Birmingham (including members of the BRC) in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The MOOC will run three times a year, is free to access and is open to anyone from family members/carers to practitioners, researchers and policy makers.
  • ATTC Advanced Therapies E-Learning
    The UK’s Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre (ATTC) network has developed a course of E-Learning modules, addressing learning needs of staff implementing Advanced Therapies into clinical practice.
  • Become a Better Presenter: Improve Your Public Speaking Skills
    This free course run via FutureLearn by the Presenter Network is designed to help everyone find their own unique groove when it comes to presenting and public speaking – no matter what their level of experience is.
  • Talking Science YouTube Course
    Experienced science communicator and presenter, Greg Foot, has launched a free online training course on YouTube that covers core content on the importance of engagement, audience targeting, how to use storytelling, creating demos and how to use video.

Academic Career Development Lead: Prof Patricia Lalor (Trish)

Professor Lalor is a Senior Investigator in the Centre for Liver and Gastroenterology Research and an Academic with roles as a tutor and module lead on courses within the Medical School. Trish has a research group studying the molecular regulation of human liver disease and supervises postgraduate students/fellows working in this area and related cross-disciplinary schemes.