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Academic O&G

Training, teaching and research in O&G are all invaluable in the advancement of the women’s healthcare. The RCOG is strongly committed to supporting this academic work and continues to improve research and training opportunities in the field.

We’re delighted to have advanced working relationships with the NHS, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and charities which act to benefit women’s health globally. Encouraging closer, more collaborative connections enables the highest-quality work to be produced, supporting the science and practice of O&G.


Academic committees and societies at the RCOG

Our committees make up an important part of our College, maintaining an overview of all RCOG education and research strategies, policies and procedures. The groups which focus most on academic activities are:

The Academic Board

The role of this committee is to promote and safeguard all aspects of academic O&G, including:

  • Research and research training
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate training
  • The nature of academic jobs and training, particularly in relation to recruitment and retention

The Research Committee 

All of the RCOG’s research activities are promoted and coordinated by The Research Committee. Its aims include:

  • Improve the coordination of research
  • Maintain and enhance the quality of research
  • Improve the integration of research
  • Widen participation in research

Members of this committee are Chairs of the Clinical Study Groups, multidisciplinary groups that address research priorities and develop research proposals for funding.

The Blair Bell Research Society 

This group encourages the interchange of ideas and information in O&G. It was established to be, and remains, a society for those interested promoting knowledge in all areas of reproductive biology.

Annual Academic Meeting

The RCOG holds an Annual Academic Meeting in March each year to showcase the best of research in O&G in the UK, from basic science to clinical trials. Here you’ll find information on the next meeting, reports from previous meetings and details of prize winners.

Annual Academic Award

Nominees are recognised for their outstanding contribution to the academic aspects of our speciality. The recipient will be invited to speak at the Annual Academic Meeting.

Research funding opportunities

See which organisations offer research funding, fellowships and grants to support your O&G work.

Academic education and training opportunities

Extra tools and resoures

The Royal College of Physicians has produced a research engagement toolkit, which provides advice on how to get involved in research at any stage in your career.

Read about the British Medical Association’s Women Role models in academic medicine, produced in celebration of International Women’s Day 2021.