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Inspiring tomorrow’s leaders: our learning and teaching strategy to 2021

The Institute of Cancer Research has a strategic goal to educate and train the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians.

PhD student Jacqueline Fok, pictured with Academic Dean Claire Isacke, talks about her learning experience at the ICR (Discovery Club, March 2015)

PhD student Jacqueline Fok, pictured with Academic Dean Clare Isacke, talks about her learning experience at the ICR (Discovery Club, March 2015)

Our learning and teaching strategy 2016-21 sets out our priorities and principles for education and training at the ICR. It guides us as we continue to play a vital role in securing the capacity and quality of the future global cancer research community.

Learning and Teaching Strategy 2016-21

The strategy is structured around three pillars of activity, underpinned by our work in three foundation areas.

Pillar 1 – provide world-class research degree programmes

We aim to further develop and enhance the quality of the ICR’s research degree programme and student support.

Pillar 2 – teach tomorrow’s leaders today’s discoveries

We aim to provide postgraduate taught degrees that 1) support the rapid translation of scientific advancement into benefits for cancer patients 2) fuel the pipeline of highly skilled researchers working to defeat cancer.

Pillar 3 – partner with our peers and the public

We aim to maintain, forge and develop partnerships that support our education and training goals, and to widen participation in STEM education through promotion of student and staff volunteering, community outreach and public engagement.

Our work in each of these three strategic pillars is reinforced by high standards in each of the following three areas, which we call our foundations:

  1. Environment and infrastructure
  2. Quality assurance
  3. Equality and diversity

For details of the activities encompassed by our strategic pillars and foundations, and how we are monitoring and evaluating our progress in these areas, download the Learning and Teaching Strategy 2016-21 (PDF).

Learning, teaching and assessment strategy 2012-16

Download our previous education strategy (PDF)

You can read about what we achieved in the previous strategic period by downloading our outcome report for the learning, teaching and assessment strategy 2012-16 (PDF).

PhD studentships

Applications for our main PhD studentships recruitment round are open. Apply by 14 November 2021.

ICR values

Our values – developed together as an organisation – make it clear how each and every one of us work to meet our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.