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Training and development

The Institute of Cancer Research offers a broad range of transferable skills training and provides all research students with tailored personal development opportunities throughout the year. Workshops cover a range of topics including statistics, scientific writing, obtaining research funding and project management. This training is recorded online, via individual student personal development plans.

The Learning and Development Team is comprised of former postdocs who work with Registry, the Academic Dean’s team and the student association to tailor training to meet students' needs. Where appropriate, events are run in collaboration with partner institutions such as Imperial College London. ICR faculty also deliver training for students, for example on the research integrity course.

The Learning and Development Team works with ICR experts to support informatics and scientific computing, with courses including an Introduction to Bioinformatics, High Performance Computing and Linux, Python, programming and statistics, and with the scientific computing user forum which meets on a regular basis to share expertise and advice.

Places are also made available on regional ‘software carpentry’ boot-camps providing basic skills in scientific computing.

Learning and Development work with the post-doc association and the scientific officer association to develop a series of introductory technical seminars at lunchtimes to support students and staff in the use of core scientific techniques.

These are normally delivered once every two years by ICR scientists who are experts in the field, and include topics such as structural biology, chemistry for non-chemists, bioassays in drug development, 3D tissue culture and CRISPR.

Research students at the ICR are provided with two key e-learning resources to develop the knowledge and skills that are necessary to excel in cancer science research. Perspectives in Oncology is a modular e-learning website providing a basic grounding in several aspects of cancer science.

The Skills website is a blog-style resource giving advice on transferable skills useful for research at the ICR and beyond.

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