These span experimental design, research conduct/ethics, science communication, team working, core research skills for clinicians, communication of purpose and impact of the research to policymakers, the public and others.
In addition, many CTU staff spend substantial time working in the countries in which our trials are conducted, getting to know local staff, supporting knowledge exchange visits and providing informal advice and support as well as formal mentoring. We regularly submit funding applications for research capacity building in low middle income countries. Within our trials, the ethos is to adopt the ‘train the trainer’ model and support overseas operational staff to become trainers.
MRC Clinical Trials Unit offer a number of short courses throughout the year, in order to ensure that staff working on clinical trials are properly trained.
The Unit hosts numerous visitors from clinical trial units and teams across the globe. We consider this a priority in building domain expertise and leadership. Visits are tailored to the needs of the individual and their team. In addition, our staff often spend time with partner organisations in low middle income countries to support knowledge exchange.
The MRC CTU at UCL has made an ongoing commitment to In2Science to host Sixth Form students every summer. In2scienceUK empowers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential through life-changing work placements, skills days and workshops in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. In 2019, two sixth form students spent two weeks meeting staff from the various functional groups and developing a trial proposal. The two week placements will follow a similar pattern.