Primary Care Research Centre

Working with us

We encourage and support students to consider a research career in primary care.

We host studentships and fellowships from a range of funders including the NIHR.

Current opportunities

Research Fellow in Public Partnership Involvement & Engagement (PPIE)/Public Partnership Involvement & Engagement (PPIE) Officer
Location: Aldermoor Health Centre
Salary: £34,980 to £42,978 pro rata per annum
Part-time (24.5 hours)
Fixed term until 31/03/2025
Closing date: Tuesday 06 August 2024
Interview date: To be confirmed
Reference: 2796924LG

This role will be either ERE Level 4 (PPIE Research Fellow) or MSA Level 4 (PPIE Officer). For informal enquiries, please contact PCRC PPIE Officer Kate Henaghan-Sykes or Professor Miriam Santer

Learn more about this opportunity on the full job advert.

Primary Care in-practice research opportunities 2024-25

In collaboration with Southern Health Foundation Trust and Solent NHS Trust, we are delighted to be able to offer Primary Care in-practice research opportunities on various projects.

There are 5 apprenticeships of £1000-£2000 each, depending on time available, which will run until 31 March 2025.

Please contact Professor Miriam Santer or the Research Operations Manager, Jo Kelly for further details.

Closing date: Friday 26 July 2024

Early Career Researchers

The Primary Care Research Centre supports the development of staff and students at all stages and career pathways, including Early Careers Researchers, who are our future research leaders. ‘PPM CONNECT’ is an umbrella term which brings together several groups within the centre:

Research Fellows 

Support and guidance to research fellows about various aspects related to a career in research. This group is for postdocs and researchers up to level 5.


PhD Student Forum

Networking and support for students at the pre-doctoral and doctoral stage.


Trial Management Forum

Practical knowledge and support for everyday management of research studies. For trial administrators, trial managers, programme managers, researchers (all levels) and students.


Research Ideas Workshops

Short presentations and discussions about research ideas and grant proposals. For all staff and students.


Seminar Series

Academic presentations to showcase work in progress or completed ideas.


Social Events

Informal gatherings focused on well-being and fun.


  • To be confirmed

GP Academic Clinical Fellows

The Primary Care Research Centre is a world-leading primary care research department and a member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research. We encourage medical students, clinical trainees and GPs in practice to choose academic primary care as a career option. We highlight opportunities for becoming involved in academic work through presentations to medical students, trainees and GPs about GP academic careers. We hosting medical student research-based study, in depth projects, medical student summer placements, academic foundation year posts, academic clinical fellow posts, clinical lecturer posts and a research apprenticeship scheme for GPs in practice. 

We have a named initial contact for enquires and match those interested in learning more to a mentor who will support them to consider options for becoming involved in primary care research. This may range from coming to see what we do and attending departmental seminars, to involvement in research projects and attending conferences, to applying for substantive funding and developing a tailored research and training programme. Our friendly supportive environment and wealth of primary care research experience and opportunities means that we can foster talent and help build the academic leaders of the future. 

Training lead:

NIHR School for Primary Care Research funding information

Current Academic Clinical Fellows  

  • Dr Samuel Hodgson  
  • Dr Kristin Veighey 
  • Dr Maclyn Augustine 

Qualitative Group - Qualitative Expertise in Medicine (QualMED)

QualMED delivers excellent qualitative research and teaching within the Faculty of Medicine. Qualitative research is a central, and growing, strand of research activity in the Faculty of Medicine and beyond. It is frequently embedded in large trials and increasingly features in grant writing. 

Grant selection panels expect evidence of a mixed-method approach to research. We are a multidisciplinary team of experienced qualitative researchers who can provide a different view, knowledge and experience of research. We support high-quality qualitative research through:

  • Grant applications
  • Undertaking and supervising funded qualitative research projects
  • Teaching and supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate students

We work with QUEST (a University-wide qualitative network), and members of the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), which provides an excellent forum for qualitative methods knowledge exchange.  

What QualMED can offer

QualMED currently provides teaching for undergraduate (BM5) and postgraduate (MSc Public Health, MSc Allergy) students in the Faculty of Medicine. Our teaching includes introductory sessions on:

  • What qualitative research is
  • Philosophical underpinnings and approaches
  • Data collection methods
  • Sampling
  • Data analysis
  • Ethics and rigour/quality
  • Critical appraisal of qualitative research
  • Qualitative synthesis

QualMED meetings 

QualMED meet regularly as a group which provides opportunities for staff to discuss their qualitative research, explore new approaches and how to optimise quality and impact of the research conducted. The group is open to all qualitative researchers and teachers in the Faculty of Medicine.  

For further information regarding QualMED please contact Geraldine Leydon by emailing

QualMED organising committee: