Academic Clinical Lecturer (ACL)

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Academic Clinical Lecturer (ACL)


This programme provides a comprehensive experience, working alongside internationally recognised clinicians and researchers. Academic Clinical Lecturer posts are designed for doctors who have already obtained a PhD/MD (or equivalent) or be within three months of submission.

What does the programme cover?

Trainees may enter at ST3 (ST1 or above in General Practice) or above of the unified training grade. Core clinical competencies will be gained as necessary through access to the essential elements of the training curriculum. Clinical training offers a wide range of opportunities in programmes that have a strong track record in specialty training and academic activities. Trainees will finish their clinical training while continuing academic development at post-doctoral level with 50% research time at QUB.

ACLs are normally mentored by two supervisors (academic and clinical) whom they are responsible to. Progress will be reviewed twice per year by the Clinical Academic Training Board.

It is expected that trainees at this level will apply for an externally funded clinician scientist programme to extend their research to a consultant appointment.

Support will also be available for academic training through a Mentoring Scheme run in collaboration with the Academy of Medical Sciences in London. This will give the trainee an opportunity to discuss with experienced national researchers not directly involved in supervision any issues about academic medicine. This scheme has been successful in the UK.

How does the application process work?

Queen's University is offering an Integrated Clinical Academic Training Programme for doctors and dentists in research and education.

Recruitment is now open and applications are sought for ACL positions within any discipline, including Dentistry, from highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals.

This programme allows the ACL to develop academic skills (25% research at QUB) at the same time as speciality clinical skills.  

The normal duration of an ACL post is 3 years.

Applicants should state their speciality preference clearly on the application form.


If candidates have any queries please email:


Application forms should be returned to:

Ms Clare Campbell

Beechill House
42 Beechill Road

Closing Date: 10am, Monday 5 March 2018  (Please note this deadline has been extended from 28 February 2018)


What are the mentorship arrangements?

Postgraduate clinical students will have mentorship provided from several sources including:

  1. Their university-based supervisory team (clinical academic as primary supervisor and second supervisor who may be a scientist or clinician).
  2. Prof Peter Maxwell, in his role as Director of Clinical Academic Training Programme (CATP), and the constituent members of staff on the CATP Board (includes representatives from trainees, NIMDTA and Belfast HSC Trust).
  3. The postgraduate deanery appointed Training Programme Director who will oversee specialty training in the trainee’s clinical discipline.
  4. Mentorship provided in a more holistic fashion addressing issues such as work-life balance, gender equality, career guidance within academia. This is a successful initiative locally led by Prof Jayne Woodside (School of Medicine).

We encourage clinical students to explore all of these options for personal mentorship and then develop a working relationship with the mentor(s) that best suits the trainee’s personality and circumstances i.e. it is a collegial working link rather than an “enforced” mentorship arrangement.


"Becoming a clinical academic trainee provides a unique opportunity to have truly bespoke training. It is undeniably busy, but my working week combines the best parts of surgical training and academic work. I feel that I’m being challenged, encouraged and supported to develop a successful career"
Sandra McAllister
Trainee - Centre for Vision and Vascular Science