Training Opportunities

The ECMC Network offers training opportunities through several means.  Members of our ECMC Network Groups are encouraged to apply for these opportunities, and the latest training courses and events can be found on the Directory page.

The Junior Investigator Network Group (JING)

JING was set up in May 2013 to help support clinical and non-clinical early career researchers in the ECMCs. This hugely popular group hosts an annual residential meeting in January, that boasts a mixed programme to cater to both clinical and non-clinical junior investigators, and is a fantastic opportunity for networking.  In addition, training workingshops and webinars are also available through the JING network.

Cross-centre Placements

The ECMC Network provides the support for training grants for Cross-centre placements lasting between one day and three weeks.  These grants cover long travel and accommodation costs of up to £1000 each, and allow for the learning of techniques or practices to be shared between ECMCs. 

You are eligible to apply for this grant if you wish to gain experience at a different ECMC, and you are an operational staff member within an ECMC (e.g. laboratory assistants, QA managers, trial coordinators, research nurses etc), a Postdoctoral researcher, or a Clinical Fellow.  Unfortunately, PhD students are not eligible to apply.

Applications should be submitted to Hannah Brown using this application form.

Over the past few years, there have been several members of the ECMC Network who have benefited from this grant.

Name ECMCs involved Area of interest
Alan Bilsland Glasgow to Newcastle JING: training in assay development, validation and clinical smaple analysis using HPLC for pharmacokinetic studies
Jill Tipping Manchester to UCL CERT: visit to the radiopharmacy to learn about system developed for setting up clinical trials, and to observe the administation of radionuclide therapies
Julie Burton Newcastle and Belfast Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) to share PPI experiences between Centres, and to discuss important issues of training, group management, and future aims
Karen Swales ICR to Manchester QATS: to learn about the challenges of good clinical laboratory practices (GCLP) and the 'fast track' validation methods
Libby Batt Cardiff to various ECMCs Nurses: to liaise with other early phase trial teams
Patricia Roxburgh Glasgow to Cambridge cfDNA preparation requirements, and how to understand bioanalyser data
Hana Wilbraham and Cath Sullivan Cardiff to ICR Data Management





It was extremely valuable for me to have a face to face meeting to discuss the important issues of training, future directions and general group management
Julie Burton, CRUK nurse specialist
The placement provided the chance to meet and obtain a better understanding of the specific interests of the Newcastle team which could aid collaboration in the future
Alan Bilsland, Research Associate
We have benefited enormously from being given access to a complete system of SOPs for the setting up of clinical trials. We were also able to learn about a trial specific administration which was new to us
Jill Tipping, Principal Clinical Scientist