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Training & Careers Group

The Training and Careers Group (TCG) is responsible for developing the MRC strategy for non-clinical and clinical training, careers and skills. The TCG takes a broad, long term perspective on MRC's role and strategy in meeting skills shortages, the academic needs of trainees, clear career pathways, and the skills needs of the future. It assists the MRC in coordinating the research training strategy with other organisations including the National Institute for Health Research, industry, professional organisations and the other research councils. The group liaises with research boards and the other groups to ensure training and research strategies are aligned.

The Chair of the TCG is Professor Moira Whyte, the Head of the Edinburgh Medical School and ex officio Board Member of NHS Lothian, University of Edinburgh.

Membership as at 1 April 2017

Dr Joanna Jenkinson

Email: joanna.jenkinson@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk

  • MRC Training & Careers Group
  • RCUK Research Careers & Diversity Network

Dr Julia Dickinson; Programme Manager for Clinical Careers Strategy

Email: Julia.dickinson@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk


  • Strategy for clinical careers
  • Clinical Research Training Fellowships
  • Clinician Scientist Fellowships
  • Senior Clinical Fellowships
  • MRC Clinical Pharmacology and Pathology Fellowship Programmes


  • MRC Training & Careers Group
  • AMS Starter Grants for Clinical Lecturers

Simone Bryan; Programme Manager for Non-Clinical Careers Strategy

Email: simone.bryan@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk


  • Strategy for non-clinical careers and strategic projects
  • Senior non-clinical Fellowships
  • MRC studentship policy and strategy
  • MRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)
  • Industrial CASE studentships
  • Student communications, engagement and internships
  • Transition to Independence fellowships (Career development awards)


  • MRC Training & Careers Group
  • AMS Mentoring and Career Development Programme

Dr Anke Davis; Programme Manager for Non-Clinical Fellowships

Email: Anke.Davis@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk


  • Skills Development Fellowships
  • Transition to Independence fellowships (Career development awards)
  • Daphne Jackson fellowships


  • MRC Training and Careers Group
  • Co-funded Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) advisory boards

Jessica Phanwises; Panel Manager for Non-clinical Fellowships and Studentships

Email: Jessica.Phanwises@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk


  • CASE studentships
  • Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)
  • Non-clinical Fellowships (Career Development Awards, Senior Non-clinical Fellows)
  • Skills Development Fellows


  • MRC studentship reporting and data capture (including cross-council improvement projects)

Kim Mugford; Panel Manager for Clinical and Strategic Skills Fellowships

Email: Kim.Mugford@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk


  • Clinical Fellowships (Clinical Research Training Fellowships, Clinician Scientist Fellows, Senior Clinical Fellows)


  • MRC fellowships guidance and webpage review
  • Secretariat for Budget Tracker
  • Secretariat for Training and Careers Group