Exploring the options: non-academic career pathways

Thursday 9th June, 13:30 – 15:00 (BST)

The SSM ECR subcommittee invites you to an online panel discussion on career options outside of academia. Our panellists, all of whom have moved from or between academic and non-academic roles, include:

  • Fran Darlington-Pollock, Research and Evidence Advisor, Save the Children
  • Brendan Collins, Head of Health Economics, Welsh Government
  • Laurie Rachet-Jacquet, Economic Analyst, The Health Foundation

The panel will discuss their experiences of working outside traditional academic roles, including the differences between academic research and the sector they work in, how they made the decision to change roles, and how they found the transition.

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Registration is free and the event will be held via Zoom.


How to make an outstanding fellowship application – a whistle-stop tour. Wednesday 14th April 2021, 14:00-15:30 (BST). Free registration.

   The ECR & MCR sub-committees invite you to a whistle-stop tour of the fellowship application process, with insights from fellowship committee members and first-hand experience from fellowship award holders.

Wednesday 14th April 2021, 14:00-15:30 (BST)

Registration is free and the event will be held via Zoom.


  • What makes a good fellowship application: person, project, place: Professor Sally Wyke will talk about the three key elements of a good fellowship proposal, followed by a short Q&A session. Sally has supported multiple researchers through the fellowship application process, and sits on several review panels. She is an Interdisciplinary Research Professor & Deputy Director of the Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow.
  • An ECR & MCR perspective: Dr Gemma Sharp and Dr Sophie Wickham will talk about their experiences of the fellowship application process, top tips, and lessons learned. Gemma holds an MRC New Investigator Research Grant and is a Senior Lecturer in molecular epidemiology at the University of Bristol. Sophie has a Wellcome Trust society and ethics fellowship, and is a research fellow in public health at the Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems, University of Liverpool.
  • Panel discussion: The session will end with an opportunity to discuss the advice given, ask questions, and share experiences.

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