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HEFCE carried out a mid-term review of the Clinical Senior Lectureship Awards (CSLA) scheme to explore the extent to which the scheme has been effective so far in achieving its objectives to build new, high-quality capacity in research and teaching at senior lecturer level, and to secure long-term sustainability and enhanced outcomes.

The review covered senior medical school staff, award holders and administrators and was conducted through a combination of online surveys and visits to five higher education institutions.

The review suggests that, overall, senior medical school staff are very supportive of the CSLA scheme and optimistic about the long-term impact it will have on capacity and sustainability in clinical academia. Many award holders are already making significant contributions to research and most have also been engaged in teaching at various levels.

The great majority of award holders reported they were either satisfied or very satisfied overall with their experience of the CSLA. Many commented they valued the opportunity to balance clinical and academic work and felt the award was helping them to lay the foundations for a successful clinical academic career.

While the outcome of the review was generally positive, it also highlighted specific issues, for example around the geographical distribution of awards and the security of posts beyond five years.