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Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Clinical Academic Training School

This is the central resource for QMUL’s Clinical Academics; including MB/PhD, Specialised Foundation Programme, PhD fellows, NIHR Fellows and Lecturers, postdoctoral researchers and many others.
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CATS - Who we are

The Clinical Academic Training School (CATS) is a central point of contact and resource for support for all clinical academic doctors linked to QMUL and our NHS partners. MB/PhD students, Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP), NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF), Clinical PhD fellows, NIHR/other Clinical Lecturers, colleagues with intermediate-level fellowships and those who have recently transitioned to research independence at Senior Lecturer grade.

CATS is led by Directors, Professor Márta Korbonits and Professor William Alazawi, the leads for each of the clinical academic stages and Manager Ms Bijal Tailor.


Fostering Collaborative Excellence

Build a cross-institute community of clinical academics, sharing best practice across training programmes, supporting research culture through world-class seminars and training events to foster collaboration and enhancing research culture.

Navigating Career Pathways

Promote knowledge of training and funding routes, clinical academic career development and progression and making this information available to all.

Empowering Research Success

Promote MD(Res)/PhD fellow engagement with the Doctoral College and Directors of Graduate Studies, leading to better trainees’ experience and satisfaction, research support and more productive fellowships.

Ensuring Program Integrity

Our programmes are quality assured and regularly reviewed with stakeholders input into development.

Advocating For Success

Represent the training needs of QMUL clinical academics to partner Trusts, securing support for transitions into and out of academic phases.

Enhancing Diversity and Support

Improve our support for academics from all health professions and increase recruitment and retention and improve our funding success in these areas.

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