Supervisor Expressions of Interest

The Wellcome Trust-funded GW4 Clinical Academic Training Programme invites expressions of interest in joining the PhD Lead Supervisor pool to supervise PhD training for a Clinical Academic Training (CAT) Fellow appointed to the scheme.

All supervisors should:

  • Be currently working in one of the three GW4-CAT institutions (Bristol, Cardiff or Exeter)
  • Work in an area of expertise defined by the broad categories of GW4 Excellence in the supervisor ‘wheel’
  • Be able to provide a vibrant, state-of-the-art and well-resourced training environment.
  • Have a well-funded research group, with capacity to provide support for training fellows: this would include holding significant personal funding as Principle Investigator from the Wellcome Trust (WT), MRC or another prestigious funder (e.g. CRUK, BHF etc)
  • Have a consistent track record of excellence in supervising PhD students (clinical and/or non-clinical) to successful completion that is commensurate with supervisor career stage.
  • Have an excellent publication track record in 4*/3* journals and be REF2021 submissable.
  • Be prepared to commit time to oversee progress of the CAT fellow as Lead Supervisor, and provide frequent and regular supervision with minimal encumbrance from other activities (supervisory or otherwise).
  • Be aware and supportive of the additional requirements of the career pathway for clinicians (vets, dentists and medics).
  • Supervisors at an early career stage (e.g. Senior Research Fellows) will be considered as Lead Supervisors on a case by case basis.

Next Steps:
If you are interested in being considered as a Lead Supervisor you should provide:

  • a one page expression of interest
  • a copy of your CV – 4 pages maximum, 12 point Ariel font to include your student supervision record, current and most recent (last five years) funding and publications (ten maximum)

Send this to GW4-CAT@bristol.ac.uk. Your expression of interest will be acknowledged and kept on record.

When a new Fellow is appointed, the GW4-CAT Directors and Management Board will use expressions of interest to point Fellows towards having discussions with potential supervisors who, in the sole opinion of the GW4-CAT Directors and Management Board, are undertaking research of relevance to that Fellow.

The final decision on who will be appointed as a Lead Supervisors will be the responsibility of the Fellow in dialogue with the GW4-CAT Directors and Management Board.

Prior to appointment, the GW4-CAT Directors will notify the Wellcome Trust, as part of the annual report, to inform them that an additional Lead Supervisor has been appointed.  This will require submission of the Fellow’s project and supervisor’s CV.

The final decision on supervisor suitability will be with the Wellcome Trust.

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