Academic Toolkit - ACT!

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Pre-PhD preparation
Initial planning
Find a supervisor
Develop your research question

Plan for OOP and inform TPD

Start 1 year before funding application deadline and complete by 10 months before funding application deadline

You need to inform the Postgraduate Dean and your TPD as far ahead as possible that you plan to go out of programme.


The Training Programme Director needs to make sure that the clinical rotas are filled; there is sometimes a reluctance to allow OOPR on a short timescale.  Even though the GMC guidance seems to suggest that only 3 months notice is needed, the initial “flagging up” is done to the Postgraduate Dean, who sets a 3 month clock ticking – it’s only after that that if they agree the TPD starts their clock running – general experience suggests that you should be letting them both know at least 6 months ahead. See BMA guidance for more detailed information.

OOP guidance for doctors in training - GMC External link

When do I need approval? Getting approval. How to apply. Dos and Don'ts.

Find your collaborators
Investigate funders
Think about feasibility
Find a mentor
Approvals for clinical projects
Check whether your study is research
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