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17 Dec 2021

New training to come following survey of ARC NENC members


By Professor Gill Rowlands, Training Lead for the ARC North East and North Cumbria

In the summer of 2021 we conducted a training survey of our Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) members.

The survey aimed to understand the Academic Career Development and Training (ACDT) needs across the ARC North East and North Cumbria, and to provide an evidence-based framework for training to be identified and provided, for ARC NENC members.

The survey was completed by 67 people (approximatley 10% of our ARC NENC membership) – and participants included researchers, members of the public, health professionals and local authority professionals.

Headline results

Almost 70 different training needs were identified across ten topic areas. These areas were:

  • Dissemination
  • Implementation, evaluation and impact
  • Leadership skills
  • Mentoring
  • Methodology workshops
  • Project development and funding
  • Project management
  • Public involvement and community engagement
  • Research governance
  • Software training

Next steps

The training needs that were identified in this survey will now form the framework for training that will be offered to ARC NENC members between now and September 2024.

In order to maximise value for money, we are working to identify where high-quality provision is already available and accessible to our members. This will include working with local, regional and national partners including other ARCs, to explore training that could be open and accessible to ARC NENC members.

If you have any questions please email

You can download the full report of the NIHR ARC NENC Training Survey 2021, below.

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East and North Cumbria - Academic Career Development and Training Survey 2021 Report