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Careers and destinations

We are proud of the successes of all of our former students and strive to continue to include them as part of the ICR community as they move forward in their careers.

Our students gain valuable research skills during their studies at the ICR and have strong employment prospects. They also benefit from our bespoke careers advice and support service, helping them to find the right job and achieve their potential.

The infographic below shows some of our top graduate employers and sample job titles (first destinations). Of those that graduated between 2010 and 2018 that completed a non-clinical research degree, 85% went directly into active scientific research roles - 75% of which were in academia, and 11% in industry all over the world.

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alumni infographic - top employers and sample job titles

Many of our clinical alumni also manage to remain engaged in research. Our recent clinical alumni survey revealed that 98% continued to be research active in their first role following speciality training (62/63). Their involvement covers a range of activities, most commonly within clinical trials and radiotherapy/imaging.

Alumni profiles

Some of our alumni have shared their experiences of studying at the ICR and their career journeys so far.

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Heba Saliem

Dr Heba Saliem completed her PhD at The Institute of Cancer Research in 2014. She was recently awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship to develop new computational methods to interpret data from large-scale imaging studies.

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Dan Lloyd

Professor Dan Lloyd completed his PhD at The Institute of Cancer Research in 1998. Remaining within academia, he is now the Deputy Head of School of Biosciences at the University of Kent. His research into DNA damage, and how this relates to cancer and its treatment, underpins varied teaching, research and managerial responsibilities.

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Susana Banerjee

Dr Susana Banerjee completed her PhD and second year of her Postgraduate Diploma in Oncology at the ICR, and is now a Consultant Medical Oncologist at the Royal Marsden. She continues her research collaborating with the ICR and is the lead for clinical and translational trials in gynaecological cancers.

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Timothy Yap

Dr Yap undertook a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology in the Division of Cancer Therapeutics from February 2007 to August 2010. As a Medical Oncology Specialist Registrar, he also undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Oncology at The Institute of Cancer Research, which he completed in October 2013.

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Join our alumni network

We strive for our past students to continue to feel part of our community after they graduate.

An an ICR alumni, you will be able to keep in touch in a variety of ways:

  • You can sign up to receive 'Network' - our alumni newsletter where we share exciting news and updates about the ICR,
  • You can join our ICR student alumni LinkedIn group - to stay updated about networking opportunities between our current students and past alumni, and
  • You can also email us at [email protected] - to update us on your career path, and potentially have your story featured on our alumni profiles page.

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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.