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Biology, Medicine and Health

The integration of discovery biology, clinical application and patient care within a single Faculty, particularly in a region with notable health inequality, provides us with a real opportunity to have a very significant and positive impact on people’s lives.

The award

The Presidential Research Fellowships in Biology, Medicine and Health offer a three-year contract, salary to be determined based on current salary and research career level,  plus up to £10,000 per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Presidential Research Fellowships are pump-priming awards, which aim to support awardees to seek external, prestigious fellowships to drive their career to research independence. Fellows may have the opportunity to engage in minimal teaching, usually in the form of co-supervising a PhD student.

This award is available to early career applied health and basic science researchers – normally with up to seven years of postdoctoral experience – who are looking to apply for early career / intermediate-level fellowships. The focus of these awards is to help applicants get the next significant, game-changing fellowship.

Awards are open to internal candidates and those applying from outside the University. The University of Manchester is committed to building a culturally diverse institution where all staff and students can flourish and feel valued for their contribution and individuality. Our policies and practices are designed to encourage talented people, whatever their background, to work and study here. All appointments are made on merit.


Please note you will be required to submit a research proposal with your application. Please read the guidance notes for further details.

Scale of activity

Our size allows a breadth of research activity that can be matched by few universities. We have an annual budget of over £300 million and research income in the region of £150 million a year. We employ 3,200 members of staff and currently offer 34 undergraduate and 90 postgraduate taught programmes. The Faculty is home to around 11,200 students, including 1,300 from overseas, and is the biggest supplier of health-care graduates to the NHS in the north-west of England.

We have a diverse portfolio of the highest quality teaching and research activity, represented through our component Schools and research domains. Our scale, breadth and structure provide outstanding opportunities for biomedical research discoveries to be rapidly translated into effective new therapies with a strong emphasis on knowledge transfer and partnerships with industry.

Our academics have access to the large, stable population in the North West providing unique opportunities to study and address most causes of disease and deprivation. The opportunities are further enhanced by strong links to our partner Faculties (Humanities, and Science and Engineering) and the NHS.

Impact and collaboration

The Faculty’s mission is to produce innovative research that benefits society in Manchester, the UK and across the globe. To achieve this, we have established a number of strategic partnerships, principally with NHS partners in the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC). This in turn helps us take full advantage of the unique funding opportunities presented by the UK government’s DevoManc health-care agenda, which has allowed Greater Manchester to take control of its £6 billion annual budget for health and social care.

Research and funding links are in place with a number of commercial organisations, including Unilever, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and Boots, helping us bring new drugs to the market. Other key partnerships include Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.

As a leading centre of excellence across the biological, medical and health sciences, with a strong focus on addressing key health challenges, both locally and globally, we have adopted and developed a truly collaborative, partnership approach to every aspect of our work that sets us apart.

By joining our Faculty you’ll help us to realise our ambitious aims and objectives, and work towards delivering our three core priorities:

  • Development and delivery of the highest quality education and training for health professionals and scientists,
  • Conducting outstanding, world leading research in the biomedical and health sciences,
  • Social responsibility: making a contribution to the greater good,
Biology, Medicine and Health