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Video clip: Helen was awarded a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship. She knows that this is a very competitive funding stream.

How long will it take you altogether to get DPhil finished do you think?

Well theoretically my funding is for three years so I would like, like to complete it within three years. I don’t know I’ve got quite a lot that I need to achieve so I don’t know quite how realistic that is, but I’ll see how I get on.

Could you remind me where the funding is coming from?

So I’m funded by the NIHR, the National Institute for Health Research.

Did you have to apply for that or what happened?

Yes so I applied for that in the last year of my Academic Clinical Fellowship, my ACF post. So about this time last year I was getting that together and then the deadline was in January of last year, and I think I didn’t, I mean I was very, very lucky that I got fellowship funding because I don’t think I fully appreciated at the time just how competitive it is. I’ve got colleagues and friends that applied for it who are really, really good and you know I see them as being very much equal to me, and they didn’t get it. So I think that was kind of an awareness for me that actually these things shouldn’t be taken for granted, that you won’t necessarily get them so I feel very lucky in that respect.