Welcome to your Cancer Research UK-funded postgraduate studies at Manchester. This page aims to answer common queries for postgraduate researchers (PGRs) on our broad range of Cancer Research UK (CRUK) training programmes, including:
- Non-Clinical Studentships
- Clinical Research Training Fellowships
- MB-PhD Studentships
- Research Radiographer Posts
The MCRC, CRUK Manchester Centre and CRUK Manchester Institute
How does my PhD fit into Manchester’s cancer training landscape?
The Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) and Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre share a joint Training Office based at the Oglesby Cancer Research Building, Withington, led by Rachel Chown, Education and Development Lead and supported by Georgina Binnie-Wright, Postgraduate Programme Manager.
The MCRC is a collaborative partnership founded in 2006 by The University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. Work by Manchester-based, cancer-focused postgraduate researchers cross-cuts these partner organisations.
Established in 2013, the CRUK Manchester Centre is a translational research centre that unites basic, translational and clinical research in order to deliver cancer precision for all across seven key disease sites. As a CRUK Centre, we receive CRUK training funding to recruit clinical, non-clinical and research radiographer postgraduate researchers to PhD programmes. This includes our annual clinical and non-clinical PhD training schemes, which we interview for each January.
Some of our PhD researchers are based in the labs of group leaders at the CRUK Manchester Institute. The CRUK Manchester Institute is a leading cancer research institute within The University of Manchester, spanning the whole spectrum of cancer research – from investigating the molecular and cellular basis of cancer, to translational research and the development of therapeutics. The CRUK Manchester Institute also has their own Non-Clinical PhD training programme with annual recruitment.
The MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training Office administrate the appointment of researchers to PhD projects across the broad range of cancer themes and funding.
Progression and Policies
How do I track my PhD milestones and progress?
The online eProg system allows postgraduate researchers (PGRs) to track their project milestones and progress. The eProg system is also used by supervisors and PGRs. You can log into eProg here.
I am registered with the Doctoral Academy – how do I access additional information on my programme?
The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health’s Doctoral Academy handbook is online. This has sections with answers to frequently asked questions, including programme changes, finance/funding and training. The Doctoral Academy website has links to all essential information/contacts/forms.
Postgraduate researchers (PGRs) should follow the processes outlined by the Doctoral Academy and/or UoM HR Services with regards to any changes to their programme and ensure that the MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training Office are also notified.
I am registered with the Doctoral Academy and as a staff member with UoM HR Services – how do I access information on staff policies?
Clinical Research Training Fellows (CRTFs) and Research Radiographers will be registered as staff members with the University of Manchester (UoM) HR Services and as PhD students with the Doctoral Academy. The PhD is considered to be their full-time job.
CRTFs and Research Radiographers with a lead supervisor/line manager in the School of Medical Sciences/Division of Cancer Sciences should have received a copy of the staff induction handbook. Additional copies can be requested from the MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training Office.
Postgraduate researchers (PGRs) who are staff members should notify the MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training Office of any changes to their programme, such as requests for parental and/or compassionate leave, alongside following the relevant processes outlined by the Doctoral Academy and/or UoM HR Services.
How do I access CRUK’s policies and keep in touch with my funder?
All CRUK-funded PhD researchers should have access to the CRUK PhD Students Network containing studentship/Fellowship policies and relevant news/updates. You can apply for access online and/or can email the CRUK Student inbox with any queries.
Am I entitled to annual leave?
All postgraduate researchers are entitled to annual leave. Those registered with the Doctoral Academy only should access their leave entitlement in the online Doctoral Academy handbook. Those registered with the Doctoral Academy and UoM HR Services should access their leave entitlement in their staff induction handbooks. For any queries or copies of the relevant documents, please contact the MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training Office.
Who am I represented by at postgraduate level?
PGR reps provide a voice for fellow PGRs in their Division and/or wider cohort and ensure PGRs’ concerns are raised during UoM decision-making processes.
The Doctoral Academy’s PGR rep scheme is a valued part of the PGR community in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. Rep responsibilities include:
- attending School rep forums to feed back PGRs’ concerns and discuss issues and areas of good practice;
- disseminating useful information to PGRs;
- liaising with fellow reps, PGRs and the local divisional Senior PGR Tutor to arrange activities, such as seminars, socials or induction events;
- School reps will attend the Doctoral Academy Leadership Team monthly meetings, School Postrgaduate Comittee meetings and the Manchester Doctoral College monthly meetings, on a rota basis.
See contact details of current reps – UoM login required. PGR Rep Training is held annually in November. For more information about the role or about the training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.If you have been particularly impressed by the actions of your local PGR Rep, there is a PGR Representative category in the PGR Excellence Awards.
The University Student Union has a dedicated Postgraduate Students Hub, designed to be a central point for updates from your Postgraduate Officer, as well as finding out about the events and support available for postgraduates.
Funding and Financial Support
How do I acknowledge my funding?
Cancer Research UK-funded PGRs must acknowledge their funding using the wording below. CRUK-branded PowerPoint templates and logos are available from the MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training Office.
CRUK Manchester Centre Non-Clinical Students (Programme Start Date Prior to 2022)
This work was supported by Cancer Research UK via funding to the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] and their Non-Clinical Training Programme.
[NAME] is funded by the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] Non-Clinical Training Programme.
CRUK Manchester Centre Clinical Research Training Fellows (Programme Start Date Prior to September-October 2019)
This work was supported by Cancer Research UK via funding to the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] and their Clinical Training Award.
[NAME] is funded by the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] Clinical Training Award.
CRUK Manchester Centre Clinical Research Training Fellows and MB-PhD Researchers (Programme Start Date From September-October 2019 Onwards)
This work was supported by Cancer Research UK via funding to the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] and their Clinical Academic Training Award [C19941/A28707].
[NAME] is funded by the Cancer Research UK Manchester Centre [C147/A25254] and their Clinical Academic Training Award [C19941/A28707].
International Alliance of Cancer Early Detection (ACED)
This work was supported by CRUK via the funding to Cancer Research UK Manchester Major Centre [C147/A18083] and [C19941/A27859]
Contact Stephanie Ng with any ACED-specific training and development queries.
CRUK RadNet Manchester Non-Clinical PGRs and Research Radiographers
This work was supported by Cancer Research UK RadNet Manchester [C1994/A28701].
Contact Dr Rebecca Elliot for the official CRUK RadNet Manchester slide deck.
What support is available for Article Processing Charges?
CRUK PGRs can access UoM Open Access block funding – see here for further details. If the UoM block grant has been exhausted, PGRs should discuss using project consumable underspends for Article Processing Charges (APCs) with their lead supervisor. CRUK PGRs must ensure they are complying with CRUK’s Open Access policy, as detailed here.
What support is available for conference attendance and society membership?
Each supervisor receives a budget from CRUK for studentship/Fellowship costs, including for conference attendance and development opportunities. Your lead supervisor should be your first point of contact regarding available funding for conference attendance and/or society memberships.
The Doctoral Academy Conference Support Fund is available for Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health postgraduate research students to present (oral or poster presentation) at a national or international conference. Funding is provisional until evidence is provided of acceptance of an oral or poster presentation at the stated conference. Payment of expenses is dependent on completion of the Doctoral Academy Conference Support Fund Evaluation Form (Word, 53KB). Individual awards will be made up to a maximum of £500.
The Doctoral Academy Society Support Fund is available to all students who are active on a postgraduate research programme (i.e. not during submission pending or under examination) in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. It will pay £50 towards one annual membership fee during the period of the programme only. Postgraduate researchers will need to complete a PR7 form and email this to email@example.com with a copy of the confirmation of booking/receipt from the relevant society. They may wish to check eligibility before joining the society.
Relevant societies and member organisations include but are not limited to:
- The British Association of Cancer Research
- The Royal College of Radiologists
- The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)
- The European Association for Cancer Research (EACR)
- The British Society of Interventional Radiology (BSIR)
Please also see Cancer Index’s list of national and international cancer organisations.
Health and Wellbeing
How do I access health and wellbeing support?
Your supervisory team and academic advisor should be your first point of contact for issues relating to your project. You can also approach your Division PGR Tutors or Senior Division Tutors for issues that you do not want to discuss with your supervisory team. If you are not sure where to direct your query please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Research Hive’s Wellbeing Page for PhD-specific information.
Where can I find details of support for bullying and harassment?
We believe that the best science is born out of an open, inclusive, collegial and safe environment. We believe that bullying, harassment and discrimination of any kind are never OK and have no place in a society. Each of our partner institutions have anonymous support in place for anyone who has experienced bullying or harassment of any kind. Please see here for further details.
What career support is available at Manchester?
The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health’s Centre for Academic Researcher and Development (CARD) have developed a wide range of training packages that support career advancement at all stages of the research career. They cover topics including:
- research publishing
- research presentation
- research practice, governance and stakeholder engagement
- qualitative and quantitative research methods
- steps to independence
The Faculty’s Fellowship Academy provides bespoke one-to-one advice and guidance on CVs and applications, together with preparation for fellowship interviews. The Academy creates a network that brings together our externally funded fellows, both clinical and non-clinical, as well as drawing on the experiences of senior academics who sit on external panels and those who hold fellowships themselves.
The Academy will be of particular interest to postgraduates who are:
- in the final year of your PhD with a strong CV and planning an early career postdoctoral fellowship;
- an academic clinical fellow or an academic clinical lecturer;
- a postdoctoral researcher planning an external fellowship application;
- an existing external fellowship holder who is working out how to apply for the next level of award.
I am a Clinical Research Training Fellow in my penultimate or final year of my PhD. What follow-up, postdoctoral funding is available?
Follow-up funding includes that offered by the University’s Integrated Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) team, who provide clinical trainees at all stages of their career with opportunities and support to engage in research and academic training. This provision includes:
- Academic Clinical Fellowships: 3-years (4-years for GP), leading to training fellowship and/or
- Academic Clinical Lectureships: 4-years, or up until certificate of completion of training (CCT)
ACL medic posts are usually advertised online in June, October and January. For further details, please contact the Integrated Clinical Academic Training Administrator.
How do I access MCRC career development training and support?
The MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre, DCS and FBMH run regular careers-focused training sessions and the MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre Training Office can keep PGRs and alumni up-to-date with relevant training. The Faculty’s Fellowship Academy support researchers to apply for fellowships, from doctoral studies upwards. Please see here for further information.
How do I undertake additional inclusive research training?
The University currently offers an open access course about inclusive research, targeted at researchers, from early career onwards, who work in translational clinical research, also known as ‘bench to bedside’ research. We would recommend that all eligible researchers complete this online course.
Widening Participation and Outreach
What Widening Participation and outreach opportunities are available at Manchester?
The University of Manchester advertises annually for PhD Widening Participation (WP) Fellows to develop and deliver presentations and workshops promoting Higher Education study to pupils in high priority WP schools and colleges. Please contact email@example.com for FBMH opportunities. You can gain a deeper understanding of what is meant by WP here.
The Manchester Access Programme (MAP) is the University’s central WP scheme for local Year 12 students in Greater Manchester and recruits annually for academic tutors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Cancer Research UK-funded PGRs are encouraged to make use of these opportunities and should update MCRCTraining@manchester.ac.uk on their outreach activities.
Keeping in Touch
How do I ensure my achievements are highlighted across the MCRC, CRUK Manchester Centre and their partners?
The MCRC-CRUK Manchester Centre produce a bi-annual Training & Education Newsletter and welcome new contributions from postgraduate researchers and postdocs. These can be sent to MCRCTraining@manchester.ac.uk. Previous issues can be accessed here.
How do I keep up-to-date with Manchester cancer research more broadly?
The Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) produce a regular news bulletin contains details of cancer research events, funding and training opportunities relevant to CRUK-funded PGRs. You can subscribe by scrolling to the bottom of this website. You can also follow the MCRC on Twitter and Linked In and follow the CRUK Manchester Centre on Linked In. The CRUK Manchester Centre can be listed as your employer on Linked In (or CRUK Manchester Institute if based in a CRUK MI group).
MCRC & CRUK Manchester Centre: Training & Education Newsletter
Read the Summer 2021 version of the Training and Education Newsletter
Experiences from our postgraduate researchers talking about their PhD projects