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Training the next generation

Our Impact

We have trained approximately 150 PhD and 400 MSc students in developing skills to examine social, genetic, and developmental influences on mental health. Several are now professors at other Russell group universities. Many have gone on to win national and international prizes and awards. These include the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal, the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award, the Thomson Award for best PhD presentation from the Behavior Genetics Association and the Sir Kenneth Mather Memorial Prize from the Genetics Society.

For example, we have trained numerous researchers in quantitative and statistical genetics. These individuals are now fulfilling a series of roles from permanent positions in academia, now themselves training the next generations (including several professors), to leading roles in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, enabling the UK to fulfil its Life Sciences Vision. 

Several of our past PhD students have also gone onto study for Clinical Doctorates, helping to meet the vast need for more clinical mental health professionals. We have also trained clinicians in research, through NIHR and MRC fellowships, contributing to the vital pool of clinical academics.