Staff and student development

The Department is committed to the development of all staff and students, to enable individuals to fulfil their potential and make a significant contribution to the work of the Department.

The Staff Development Partnership provides personal and professional training and development opportunities for staff at the University. The Academic Practice Unit supports the initial and continuing professional development of staff engaged in teaching, research and academic leadership activities across the University.

The College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology has introduced a new mentoring scheme, and academic and research staff in the Department are encouraged to participate. The Department has also appointed a senior academic as post-doctoral mentor who arranges regular meetings for post-docs and early career researchers.

Substantial information and guidance for postgraduate students, including topics such as skills and career development, supervisory meetings, internships and placements, and planning your final year, is available through the Graduate School.

Departmental seminar programme

An active programme of seminars given by distinguished external speakers in all aspects of cardiovascular research is held approximately monthly and there are also three research half-days a year. There is also a programme of seminars given by PhD and MD students.

The Department also holds two annual named lectures aimed at a more general audience; the John Swales Lecture and the Reverend Derek Hole Cardiovascular Lecture.

Café Cardiologique

Café Cardiologique is a monthly research seminar series aimed at and delivered by postgraduate students and research staff in the Department to facilitate the sharing of clinical knowledge and technical skills. Each session is split into two parts, a clinical talk that gives basic scientists the opportunity to learn about different cardiovascular diseases from a medical perspective, and a research talk that introduces scientists and clinicians to the different techniques used in the Department.

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