POST TITLE: Research Associate
DEPARTMENT: Warwick Medical School
SUB-DEPARTMENT: Institute of Clinical Education
POST RESPONSIBLE TO: Professor Neil Johnson, Professor of Medical Education
SALARY: £23,449 - £26,391 pa
FIXED-TERM CONTRACT: For 9 months
REFERENCE NUMBER: 55006-069
CLOSING DATE: 26th June 2009
As a member of the Institute of Clinical Education (ICE) in Warwick Medical School (WMS),
your time will be spent interviewing representative members in the West Midlands Strategic
Health Authority responsible for delivering educational curricula aligned to the End of Life
Care Pathway. Workforce competencies required to deliver the pathway will be identified
and how these are currently attained both from in-house and external sources, with details
of the type and level of education currently available, entry requirements and workforce
accessing the curricula. For the pathway, an analysis will be performed to identify gaps in
existing curricula from among the current educational providers and any developments
needed to the current educational curricula to fully deliver the competencies required.
Under the direction of Professor Neil Johnson, in collaboration with other members of the
Institute of Clinical Education, you will contribute to other research relevant to the work of
the school in the area of educational curricula. You will also have the opportunity to
strengthen the existing links between WMS and the local Trusts.
In addition to your personal research approximately at third of your time will be spent
advising on curricula development to other groups in WMS involved with undergraduate,
postgraduate and continuing professional development courses as well as local NHS
collaborators. This will involve contributing to the planning, design, organisation, analysis
and dissemination of innovative multi-disciplinary educational projects.
You will also be encouraged, in collaboration with colleagues in WMS as appropriate, to
contribute to grant applications and to undertake external consultancy work in order to
generate further funding.
Although this is primarily a research post, there will also be some opportunities for suitable
candidates for teaching and assisting in the supervision of postgraduate students.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To strengthen the Institute of Clinical Education group in Warwick Medical School by
developing and pursuing a programme of educational research in End of Life Care
2. To foster collaboration with local clinicians.
3. Ensuring that the project is run to agreed standards and to the agreed timetable.
4. To contribute to literature and database searches and to the production of research
reports and publications.
5. To publish the results of research and scholarship in peer-reviewed journals.
6. To contribute, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, to applications for
external grant funding for methodological and applied research.
7. To attend and present research findings and papers at agreed academic and
professional conferences and contribute to the external visibility and reputation of the
research group and Medical School.
8. Any other duties appropriate to the grade as directed by the supervisor.
1. To participate in education of research and post-graduate students as necessary
Administration and Other Activities
1. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may
be reasonably required by the Professor of Medical Education.
2. To attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other
committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the
3. To participate in relevant professional activities.
4. To engage in continuous professional development.
5. To undertake agreed external commitments which reflect well and enhance the
reputation of the University.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide
guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in your duties
relevant to the level of your post.
POST TITLE: Research Associate
DEPARTMENT: Warwick Medical School, Institute of Clinical Education
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications
required to undertake the role effectively. The essential and desirable requirements listed
here will be used to short list applicants for interview.
REQUIREMENTS ESSENTIAL (E) or MEASURED BY:
The postholder must be able DESIRABLE (D) a) Application
to demonstrate: REQUIREMENTS Form
Good first degree (at least a 2.1) in Education, E a)
Social Sciences or health-related subjects, or
Masters in Medical Education or equivalent D a)
An interest in educational curricula research of E a), c)
the ICE group in Warwick Medical School
Experience in qualitative interviewing E a), c)
Evidence of high quality educational research E a)
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written E a), c)
Ability to work independently and as part of a E a), c)
team on research programmes
Strong time management skills and the ability to E a), c)
Computer skills with experience of using Excel E c)
Practical experience of the application of E a), c)
quantitative and/or qualitative analysis in medical
or educational contexts
Knowledge and experience of undergraduate or D a), c)
post graduate teaching
Research experience in curricula designs for D a)
medical education and/or allied professions
Ability to write research reports and papers in D a), c)
styles accessible to both academic and other
Ability or potential to generate external funding D a), c)
(grants, contracts etc) to support research
In accordance with the national agenda in higher education to modernise pay and grading
structures, the University of Warwick has completed a significant programme of change that
has seen the introduction of a new pay spine and single job evaluation scheme. The work
commenced in September 2004 and was communicated and implemented across the
University in August 2006.
All salaries detailed within this recruitment document are post implementation and will be
subject to normal salary progression as defined by the relevant terms and conditions of
In conjunction with this, the University is now commencing discussions with trade unions to
harmonise terms and conditions. Further details on this phase of the project will be
The University of Warwick
The University of Warwick is arguably the most successful of UK universities founded within
the past half-century, and has earned an outstanding reputation both for research and
teaching. Warwick is comfortably ranked within the top ten of all UK university newspaper
rankings including 6 in the most recent Sunday Times Good University Guide. It was also
ranked 7th in the RAE 2008.
Founded in 1965 Warwick has been a unique and uniquely successful British university
combining a “can-do” entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to absolute academic
excellence. Professor Nigel Thrift, Warwick’s 5th Vice-Chancellor, was appointed in 2006 to
transform the University from a leading university within the UK to become one of the
world’s top 50 universities by 2015. A new university strategy has been launched as a result
of extensive consultation with staff, students and Warwick’s many external stakeholders,
and is making good progress.
Warwick employs over 5,000 members of staff, of whom 2,400 are academic and research
staff spread across 28 academic departments and 30 research centres; 91% of the
academic staff are in departments with research ratings of 5 or 5*. Of the 24 departments
assessed under the subject review process, 22 were rated excellent (or scored 21 or more
out of 24) for teaching quality.
The University of Warwick has a total student population of 17,000 (full-time equivalent) of
whom approximately 11,000 are undergraduates and 7,000 are postgraduates. Nearly one-
quarter of Warwick’s students are international, helping to create a vibrant and cosmopolitan
campus environment which is valued and celebrated by the University.
The University’s campus, located on a 400-acre site spanning the south west boundary of
Coventry and the county of Warwick, has an open and pleasant outlook and was voted
“Best University Campus” in a national student poll published by the Times Higher Education
Supplement in 2006. The campus offers excellent sporting facilities, including a swimming
pool, a newly refurbished gym, a climbing wall, an all weather running track and acres of
football and rugby pitches. An indoor tennis centre has recently been opened. The
renowned Warwick Arts Centre is the largest outside London with the Mead Gallery showing
visiting collections of contemporary art, a concert hall, two theatres and a cinema.
The University of Warwick is ideally placed for easy access to London (just over one hour on
the train), close to the picturesque towns of Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa and
about 45 minutes from the centre of Birmingham. The University is in the heart of
Shakespeare’s Warwickshire with historic Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare
Company and the Cotswolds all within easy reach.
The University of Warwick has a turnover approaching £350 million. The University
continues to invest heavily in its campus infrastructure and environment and its future capital
plan includes: a new student union building; a 500 bed student residency; new hotel
accommodation for visiting academics; a refurbishment of the Library; a further extension to
the Warwick Business School; and a state of the art Warwick Digital Laboratory, the
foundation stone for which was laid by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in May 2007. Capital
investment in the next year alone will total £35 million.
Further details about the University of Warwick can be found at http://www.warwick.ac.uk.
The Managerial and Administrative Structure of the University
The University’s administrative and managerial structure is headed by the Vice-Chancellor,
supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, the Deputy Registrar and the
Finance Director. However, as with all such structures, the informal lines of decision making
and the sharing of responsibility for planning and strategy flatten the hierarchy. Institutional
level decisions are initially made by a group comprising academics and administrators who
form the Senate Steering Committee which operates much along the lines of a weekly
cabinet for the University.
The Registrar, Mr Jon Baldwin, is responsible for the administration of the University and is
supported in this task by a team of Senior Officers, each of whom is responsible for a key
area and associated offices of University administration: the Academic Registrar, the
Estates Director, the Director of Personnel Services, the Director of Campus Affairs, the
Director of IT Services, the Director of Communication and Strategy, the Director of the
International Office, the Director of Research Support Services and the University Librarian.
A number of office heads and directors report in turn to these Senior Officers. To ensure
overall co-ordination between and across the University’s administration, all administrative
posts within academic departments have a “dotted line” reporting to the University Registrar
as well as the Department in which they are based.
Warwick Medical School (WMS)
Dean WMS: Professor Yvonne Carter, OBE MBBS MD FRCGP FMedSci
Vice-Dean WMS: Professor Martin Underwood, MD FRCGP
The Medical School at Warwick was established in 2000 as part of an expansion in the
number of Medical School’s nationally to deliver the additional capacity needed to support
the Government’s plan to increase the number of UK trained medical graduate’s joining the
In its first RAE submission WMS was ranked 10th for Health Services Research and 19th for
Other Hospital Clinical Subjects. This is an excellent result for a new medical school. Our
aim is to be rate in the top 5-10 in each unit of assessment in the forthcoming Research
The School is organised in three Institutes, the Institute of Clinical Education (ICE) which is
the base for all the School’s educational programmes, the Clinical Sciences Research
Institute (CSRI), home for our biomedical and acute hospital-based research groups, and
Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) which focuses on research in the community-
based clinical disciplines.
The School’s principal clinical partners are University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
NHS Trust (UHCW), the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, South Warwickshire General
Hospitals NHS Trust, Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust and the other Primary Care
Trusts within Warwickshire. Additional clinical placements are provided by Worcestershire
Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and by a
number of general practices throughout the West Midlands. At UHCW, a state of the art PFI
hospital provides an optimal environment to support both research and education at the
Trust. The Clinical Sciences Building and the Clinical Sciences Research Institute are based
on the UHCW site and provide a base for education and laboratory research for the Medical
The Medical School’s research is focused around a number of multi-disciplinary and cross-
specialty teams; collaboration within and outside School and University is encouraged and
investigators are encouraged to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries in innovative
WMS works closely with many departments across the University for both our research and
education programmes; these include the Department of Biological Sciences, the School of
Health and Social Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Statistics,
Warwick Business School, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Complexity Science, Centre for
Systems Biology, the Law School and the Department of Mathematics.
Institute of Clinical Education (ICE)
The Institute of Clinical Education has three core functions delivering undergraduate medical
education, postgraduate education including research degrees, and research on
clinical/health professional education. Professor Jill Thistlethwaite, the Director of the
Institute, leads a team comprising three directorates covering specific portfolios. These are
the Directorate for Masters-level Accredited Courses and continuing professional
development (Director: Dr Adrian Stokes); the Directorate for MBChB Graduate-entry course
(Director: Dr Jane Kidd), and the Directorate for Research Degrees (Director: Dr Frances
Griffiths). The Director of Quality Assurance, Dr Paul O’Hare, has a remit across all areas of
the Institute. Professor Neil Johnson, as Associate Dean for teaching, has an overarching
role across this Institute.
WMS is very active in the provision of postgraduate and continuing professional
development programmes. The university has a long history of involvement in postgraduate
medical education and CPD for health professionals, particularly in the fields of diabetes
(Warwick Diabetes Care), community child health, health information science and sexual
health. Postgraduate provision has been consolidated, strengthened and expanded through
the formation of the medical school.
The school provides a number of entry routes into postgraduate study. Students can initially
register for our flexible master’s programme in health sciences which allows students to
select their own combination of modules from the wide range on offer to build sufficient
credit for the award of a master’s degree. We also offer masters programmes in diabetes,
public health, implant dentistry, child health, sexual and reproductive health, orthopaedics,
philosophy and ethics of mental health, palliative care, medical education, and health
services management. We offer short courses both accredited and non-accredited in areas
such as diabetes care, occupational health, and clinical systems improvement.
Collaborations with other departments include the Postgraduate Diploma in Regulatory
Occupational Health and Safety for HSE Inspectors.
The Institute is developing a number of strands of research in clinical education. Particular
areas of interest are clinical and communication skills education, values-based practice,
interprofessional education, patient involvement and service improvement, professionalism
and the professional development experiences of health professionals.
The undergraduate MB ChB course at Warwick is a four-year graduate entry programme
which requires entrants to already have a first degree in biological sciences or a similar
subject. The initial element of the course (Phase 1) lasts for 18 months and provides a
foundation in the clinical and social sciences with some elements of clinical experience. This
is followed by Phase 2 which is organised as a series of clinical placements in local NHS
organisations, including four local hospitals and 30 local practices, lasting for 36 months.
The annual intake to the MB ChB programme is 164 home students and 14 overseas
students and the vast majority of our students’ progress to foundation training posts in local
West Midlands NHS Trusts following their graduation.
The MB ChB course is based in the purpose-designed medical teaching building. Dr Jane
Kidd is Reader in Communication Studies, and Director of Undergraduate Education,
working closely with Dr Philip McTernan, who co-ordinates Phase 1 teaching, and Dr Colin
MacDougall, the Phase 2 co-ordinator. Dr Vinod Patel is Reader in Clinical Skills: the
curriculum places emphasis on the horizontal integration of clinical skills teaching with
communication skills as well as the vertical integration of early learning and patient contact
with later Phase 2 teaching (it is for this reason that clinicians are involved in the Phase 1
teaching alongside their basic scientist colleagues). Ms Deborah Markham (FRCS), and Dr
Mandy Barnett are Associate Clinical Professors in Medical Education, and Dr Ann Jackson
is Associate Professor in Interprofessional Education. Professor Peter Abrahams as
Professor of Clinical Anatomy is developing integrated clinical anatomy teaching across
clinical specialities. Dr David Davies is Reader in E-Learning. The School is very active in
the International Virtual Medical School (IVIMeds) collaboration.
At Warwick Medical School particular emphasis is placed on developing professionalism in
medical education. Professor Bill Fulford and colleagues in Philosophy of Mental Health
have been developing the concepts of values-based practice, working to provide doctors
and medical students with a system of decision support which considers the values of
patients and colleagues and which works in a way complementary to evidence-based
Community education comprises learning in general practices across Coventry and
Warwickshire PCTs and beyond. An active network of practices, GP tutors, and practice
teachers is involved with undergraduate students throughout their course. There are 10 GP
Senior or Principal Clinical Fellows in Medical Education employed at WMS and three GP
Associate Clinical Professors. Interprofessional learning is an active partnership with
University of Coventry and Faculty Development is led by a learning and teaching specialist.
A recent collaboration sees Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) establishing on the
Warwick Medical School site under the leadership of Professor Marilyn Hammick.
The Health Sciences Research Institute
Director – Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown
The Health Sciences Research Institute comprises the disciplines of public health, primary
care, statistics, health economics and rehabilitation as well as the medical specialities of
general practice, psychiatry, emergency medicine and community child health. It includes
Warwick Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) which supports intervention trials throughout the medical
school. Warwick CTU will be relocating to a new building on the Gibbet Hill campus in
September 2009. The building has received funds from the Science City Initiative.
The Institute has strong links with the NHS through the local Primary Care Trusts, the West
Midlands Deanery and the Regional Public Health Office. It also has strong links with the
Clinical Sciences Research Institute and Institute of Clinical Education, with other Warwick
University Departments, particularly the School of Health and Social Studies, and with local
Universities including Leicester, Coventry and Birmingham.
The Institute’s research programme covers new and emerging areas of health research and
key health priorities. At present there are three main research groups: - one of which covers
public health, epidemiology, psychiatry, child health, and e-health, particularly the role of the
internet in healthcare; the second primary care, primary secondary care interface and health
care systems; and the third clinical trials with a focus on emergency care, rehabilitation and
cancer. The three groups are closely integrated and members work collaboratively across all
three groups. Key research topics include:
Cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors and preventive programmes
including promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, prevention of
hypertension and screening for hypercholesterolemia and the emerging burden of
cardiovascular disease in developing countries.
Public mental health including the impact of life course determinants, social
inequalities and the built environment, aetiology and risk factors, links with physical
health and preventive interventions.
Emergency care, rehabilitation and prevention of injury and musculoskeletal
Management of chronic illness with a focus on decision making and patient
Cancer prevention and management.
Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI)
The Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI) of WMS is a centre for research into
strategic areas of human health. The work of the Institute ranges from molecular and
cellular biology to patient-orientated physiological approaches and is based around the
major research themes of Metabolic Health (including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular
medicine and endocrinology), Reproduction (reproductive biology and reproductive
medicine), Orthopaedics and Clinical Effectiveness. CSRI has 35 full-time academics, ~20
research fellows, ~15 postdoctoral fellows and ~45 postgraduate students working in new,
purpose-built laboratories equipped with the latest instrumentation. There are more than 60
externally-funded projects external currently underway at CSRI, with a total value exceeding
£8.7 million. WMS signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Medical Research
Council in 2007, the first new medical school to do so. This has already resulted in a
Strategic Chair appointment and a new Doctoral Training Centre with the Department of
CSRI is sited at the recently completed University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire
(UHCW), providing an interface for patient-orientated research. Translational Medicine is a
key element in our research approach and we have recently developed a major
collaboration with the University of Birmingham under the Science Cities initiative and
funded by the Regional Development Agency in the West Midlands.
Further information about research at CSRI is available at
Obesity, Type-2 diabetes and hyperglycaemic damage
The mechanisms relating obesity to the major associated pathologies (type-2 diabetes,
cardiovascular disease) are being studied using multi-disciplinary approaches. The neural
circuits involved in the regulation of body weight and satiety are being studied by the
neurophysiology group (led by Prof D Spanswick). The work of Prof S Kumar is aimed at
discovering the mechanisms that link sub-clinical inflammation, the development of obesity
and the aetiology of tye-2 diabetes. The effects of insulin on adipose tissue function are
being studied to elucidate mechanisms through which the hyperinsulinaemia of the pro-
diabetic state affects adipokine secretion (Dr P McTernan, Dr G Tripathy, and RCUK
Fellow). The enzymology of the pathways of fatty acid metabolism in the aetiology of insulin
resistance is being studied by the group of Prof V A Zammit. The effects of the
hyperglycaemia that accompanies poorly controlled diabetes on protein modification are
studied by Prof P Thornalley and his group, which specialises in the use of mass
spectrometry in the study of protein damage and impaired insulin signalling in a programme
of research shared with Systems Biology. Prof A Ceriello studies the effects of post-prandial
hyperglycaemia on endothelial function, particularly nitric oxide-dependent processes.
Clinical studies are being conducted into the molecular basis of the monogenic forms of
diabetes, the phenotype of LADA in Indo-Asian type-2 diabetic patients, and the effects of
different treatments for type-2 diabetes on clinical outcomes, and the role of ethnicity in
determining these outcomes. The UK Asian Diabetes Study investigates novel approaches
to delivering care for Indo-Asian diabetic patients. There are links to several NHS partners,
clinical and academic centres worldwide. A Centre of Excellence in Diabetes Research and
Education (WISDEM) has been established within the new hospital.
Cardiovascular Medicine and Epidemiology
The main research interests of CSRI in this field are the prevention, detection and
management of hypertension and its complications, and the epidemiology of cardiovascular
disease and stroke. The relationships between nutrition, metabolic abnormalities and
cardiovascular risk, including risk assessment in ethnic minorities, both in developed and
developing countries are being studied by the group led by Prof F P Cappuccio, with
particular emphasis on the role of inflammation and immunity in cardiovascular disease in
entire populations. Work leading to the identification of novel biochemical markers for
cardiovascular risk are being led by Dr M Miller, as part of large studies (e.g. Whitehall II,
Olivetti) Epidemiological studies are performed locally within the Midlands, and
internationally International cardiovascular health studies on the role of high salt- intake in
raised blood pressure in rural communities are being performed on cohorts in Western
Africa. The relationship between alcohol intake and liver disease is also being investigated
in population-based studies (Dr S Stranges). There are close interactions with
epidemiological and public health research performed within the Health Sciences Research
Institute (HSRI) of the School.
Prof Cappuccio’s group also has a major interest in the interaction between sleep and the
development of obesity and cardiovascular disease, particularly as they impinge on other
metabolically active factors such as sub-clinical chronic inflammation.
Microvascular research (led by Prof D R Singer) is exploring why patients with high blood
pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors have impaired function of small arteries and
fewer capillaries than normal (rarefaction). Recent imaging and protein- characterization
studies have shown how oxidant stress can prevent normal activity. Protein-carbohydrate
and protein-protein interactions that underpin immune function and virus-host interactions
as they relate to the oligosaccharide binding properties of specific endothelial cell surface
proteins are studied by Dr D Mitchell (RCUK Fellow).
Molecular Medicine and Endocrinology
The major interests in endocrinology within the CSRI are centred on the structure-function
relationships of hormone receptors, and mechanisms of signal transduction. In particular
the central nervous actions of insulin and leptin, and their effects on cognitive function are
being studied by Prof H Lehnert who also has a major interest in endocrine tumours, and
particularly phaeocromocytoma. The role of central and peripheral orexin, adiponectin and
ghrelin action in body weight regulation and insulin sensitivity are studied by the group led
by Dr H Randeva. The signal transduction mechanisms, and particularly the activation and
subcellular localisation of the protein kinases, involved in the action of corticotropin releasing
hormone (CRH) are studied by Prof D Grammatopoulos. These studies have strong links
with those being performed on the regulation of G-protein signalling as part of the
Reproductive Health programme.
Clinical studies are being performed into the pathogenesis of endocrine tumours and the
relevance of the expression of the telomeric complex as an indicator of malignancy
particularly of endocrine tumours.
Within this programme, which is under the overall leadership of Prof S Thornton, two major
lines of research are followed; Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine.
Obstetrics research at CSRI predominantly aims at understanding the fundamental principles
controlling myometrial (uterine) contractility and the associated pathologies of pre-term
labour, pre-eclampsia and dystocia. Members of the preterm labour group have research
interests that range from basic science through translational medicine to clinical trials. Micro-
genomic strategies are used to correlate differential patterns of gene expression in different
cells and regions of the uterus with myometrial physiology, with particular reference to the
spatial expression of proteins within myocytes. Using cells isolated by laser-capture micro
dissection (LCM) from frozen sections of human myometrium followed by single-cell PCR
analysis, the heterogeneity of the uterine cell population with respect to the expression of the
oxytocin receptor and different ion channels and transporters within individual cell-types have
been studied. These experimental data are used to generate mathematical models of the
contractile function of the uterus under conditions associated to pre-term labour (Prof S
Thornton and Dr A Blanks, RCUK Fellow). The role of voltage-gated L-type Ca channels in
uterine contractility in human uterus is being delineated by Dr A Shmygol who is also
interested in the physiology of uterine interstitial cells. The roles of oxytocin and
prostaglandins in the timing of parturition and cervical ripening are being studied by Dr D
Slater and Dr S Astle.
The interactions with the Molecular Medicine and Endocrinology group focus on the study of
the role of Urocortin II (UCN II) and its interaction with type-2 corticotropin-releasing
hormone-receptor (CRH-R2) in myometrial contractility by Prof D Grammatopoulos. In
addition, using a yeast model system to study G-protein coupled receptors (as exemplified
by CRH) combined with mathematical modelling, Dr G Ladds is studying dimerisation of G-
protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), and the specificity of GPCR-G and G-RGS
interactions. The pathogenesis of placental dysfunction, with reference to intrauterine
growth retardation (IUGR) and pre-eclampsia, is studied by the group of Dr M Vatish, using
human tissue, cell lines and a transgenic mouse model of pre-eclampsia. The work aims to
identify GPCRs involved in determining placental vascularisation, and the relationship with
foetal nutrition and maternal hypertension.
Clinical studies include on the use of Electromyography (EMG) in the diagnosis and
management of term and preterm labour, and the role of drugs to prevent premature
delivery. This has included the setting up by Prof S Thornton of the national Preterm
Labour Network, which includes most UK teaching hospitals, and assesses clinical trial
proposals for submission to major national funding bodies including the MRC. Other clinical
trials are being conducted with the pharmaceutical industry.
This research investigates mechanisms underlying human infertility. There is an extensive
programme of work aimed at understanding egg- and sperm-formation, fertilisation and
embryo development (Dr G Hartshorne and Dr S Keay). In particular, a programme of work
aimed at identifying competent embryos is being pursued with the aim of establishing
procedures that will allow fewer embryos to be transferred during IVF treatment, so
minimising the possibility of multiple pregnancies. A particular area of investigation involves
quantifying the control of male- and female-derived genes at fertilisation which is important
in understanding genetic diseases arising from ‘imprinting disorders’ that may possibly arise
from abnormal sperm- or egg-formation. Other research into reproductive genetics is aimed
at understanding the impairment of fertility and poor pregnancy-outcomes. For example, an
EC-funded network of 52 research groups, co-ordinated from Warwick, is developing
methods for detecting chromosome disorders, such as Downs Syndrome, using blood from
mothers in early pregnancy.
Trauma and Orthopaedics
Prof D Griffin leads a multidisciplinary orthopaedic team at CSRI, comprising scientists and
surgeons who collaborate with statisticians, methodologists, health economists and trial
managers. They have particular expertise in the design of large national and international
studies that investigate the clinical effectiveness of particular interventions e.g. in the
treatment of heel fracture and Achilles tendon rupture. The development of new
orthopaedic technologies is coupled with clinical and cost-effectiveness assessment to
ensure health- and socio-economic gains from these new developments.
Professors at Warwick Medical School
The current clinical professors at the University of Warwick are Yvonne Carter [General
Practice & Dean of WMS], Martin Underwood [Primary Care Research & Vice-Dean of
WMS], Neil Johnson [Medical Education & Associate Dean (Teaching)], Sudhesh Kumar
[Medicine, Diabetes and Metabolism & Associate Dean (External Affairs)], Steve Thornton
[Obstetrics & Associate Dean (Clinical Research)], Sarah Stewart-Brown [Public Health &
Director of the Health Sciences Research Institute], Jill Thistlethwaite [Clinical Education
and Research & Director of ICE], Francesco Cappuccio [Cardiovascular Medicine and
Epidemiology], Antonio Ceriello [Diabetes & Endocrinology] Matthew Cooke [Emergency
Medicine & Clinical Systems Improvement], Jeremy Dale [Primary Care], Bill Fulford
[Philosophy & Mental Health], Fang Gao-Smith [Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain], Damian
Griffin [Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery], Simon Murch [Paediatrics & Child Health], Chris
Poole [Oncology], Donald Singer [Clinical Pharmacology], Swaran Singh [Social and
Community Psychiatry] and Scott Weich [Psychiatry].
The non-clinical professors are John Davey [Cell Biology, Associate Dean (Biomedical
Research) & Director of CSRI], Peter Abrahams [Anatomy], Jane Barlow (Public Health in
the Early Years], Colin Blakemore, Janet Dunn [Cancer Clinical Trials], Martin Feelisch
[Experimental Medicine], Dimitris Grammatopoulos [Molecular Medicine], Geraldine
Hartshorne [Professorial Fellow], Sallie Lamb [Rehabilitation & Clinical Trials], David
Spanswick [Molecular Neurosciences], Peter Spurgeon [Health Services Management],
Justin St. John [Reproductive Biology], Nigel Stallard [Medical Statistics], Ala Szczepura
[Health Services Research], Paul Thornalley [Systems Biology], Margaret Thorogood
[Epidemiology], and Victor Zammit [Molecular Biochemistry].
We are currently recruiting to a Professor of Pathology, Professor of Obstetrics, Professor
of Surgery and Professor of Clinical Imaging (all Clinical Professorships).
Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy
(Developed in line with the CRB Disclosure information pack, part DIP011)
This Policy applies to all staff recruitment at the University of Warwick.
As an organisation using the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure service to assess applicants’
suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies fully with the CRB Code of Practice
and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly
against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.
The University of Warwick is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its
services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age,
physical/mental disability or offending background.
Our written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is made available to all applicants at the outset of
the recruitment process.
We actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and
welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records. We
select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience.
A Disclosure is only requested after a thorough risk assessment has indicated that one is both
proportionate and relevant to the position concerned. For those positions where a Disclosure is
required, all application forms, job adverts and recruitment briefs will contain a statement that a
Disclosure will be requested in the event of the individual being offered the position.
Where a Disclosure is to form part of the recruitment process, we encourage all applicants called for
interview to provide details of their criminal record at an early stage in the application process. We
request that this information is sent under separate, confidential cover, to a designated person within
the University of Warwick and we guarantee that this information will only be seen by those who need
to see it as part of the recruitment process.
Unless the nature of the position allows the University of Warwick to ask questions about the
applicants entire criminal record, we only ask about ‘unspent’ convictions as defined in the
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
We ensure that all appropriate staff in Personnel Services at the University of Warwick who are
involved in the recruitment process have been suitably trained to identify and assess the relevance
and circumstances of offences. We also ensure that they have received appropriate guidance in the
relevant legislation relating to the employment of ex-offenders, e.g. the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
1974. Line managers are advised who to approach for support on these issues.
At interview, or in a separate discussion, we ensure that an open and measured discussion takes
place on the subject of any offences or other matter that might be relevant to the position. Failure on
the part of the applicant to reveal information that is directly relevant to the position sought could lead
to withdrawal of an offer of employment.
We make every subject of a CRB Disclosure aware of the existence of the CRB Code of Practice and
make a copy available on request.
We undertake to discuss any matter revealed in a Disclosure with the person seeking the position
before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment.
We do not accept Disclosures transferred from other organisations and do not supply Disclosures
requested by us to any external organisations.