Our academics chosen as NIHR Senior Investigators

Professor Stephen Walters

Congratulations to Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Vice President and Head of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health and Professor Stephen Walters from our School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), who have been selected as Senior Investigators for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

This prestigious accolade recognises the top 200 most pre-eminent researchers and represents the country’s most outstanding leaders of patient and people-based research.

The highly competitive selection process consists of annual competitions informed by the advice of an international panel of experts.

Professor Dame Shaw and Professor Walters will both receive an award of £15,000 to support their research and attract additional NIHR Research Capability Funding to the main NHS organisation with which they hold a contract of employment or an honorary contract.

Professor Dame Pamela Shaw

They will also provide research leadership to the NIHR, including promoting clinical and applied research in health and social care, speaking at events, hosting visiting fellows and mentor Trainees, and providing advice to the Department of Health's Chief Scientific Adviser.

Professor Walters is the fourth NIHR Senior Investigator from ScHARR. There have previously been seven members of staff from our University recognised in the NIHR Senior Investigator awards throughout the 11 years the competition has been running.

The National Institute for Health Research supports and funds high quality health and care research, translating discoveries into products, treatments, devices and procedures. Working with charities and the life sciences industry, the NIHR help patients gain earlier access to breakthrough treatments and we train and develop researchers to keep the nation at the forefront of international research.