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The HPRU Academy vision is to expand our world-leading wide-ranging research in STIs/BBVs to be recognised as an international centre-of-excellence in the field.
We aim to develop research capacity by:
- Building on our HPRU Academy, recruiting our next cohort of students, and working with UCL’s masters/doctoral training programmes to increase the number of students working on HPRU-affiliated projects
- Expanding the HPRU through development of our Academy PhD programme
- Providing access to a range of short courses through the HPRU Academy, including courses for multiple stakeholder groups (including patient/public representatives, local HPTs and field epidemiology teams) thus building capacity in multi-disciplinary research across the HPRU and nationally
Results to date:
Our short term-goal was to recruit the first cohort of student to our PhD studentship programme. We advertised in September and successfully appointed to four UCL/NIHR PhD studentships. Our students come from different backgrounds and with contrasting experiences. They are taking on a diverse range of projects across the partner institutions. They began their full-time appointments in January 2016. Our second cohort of PhD students took up their full-time appointments in September 2016.
We have recently advertised for our next cohort of HPRU Academy PhD students, who will be taking on a diverse range of projects working across our Research Themes, and we hope that they will start the studentships in Spring 2021
Dr Greta Rait
Academy Lead, National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Blood Borne and Sexually Transmitted Infections at University College London