Translate MedTech

If you’re a PhD student, post-doctoral researcher, academic or technology transfer professional from the Universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and York, you can benefit from the Translate training programme, secondment and mentoring schemes, and support for early stage ideas.

Benefits to all

Translate can help you to develop innovation skills that can’t be taught in a classroom, gain experience in a new sector or environment, and build new contacts that you wouldn’t meet in your day-to-day work. As well as enabling you to progress your ideas for new technologies, these opportunities can help you stand out from the crowd to potential collaborators and future employers. If you’re from a business, charity or innovation organisation in the medical technology sector then you can benefit from our secondment opportunities, which provide access to academics at the cutting edge of science and technology. Secondments help to diversify a workforce and could enable you to identify and secure future skilled employees or collaborators.


Our Training and Development Programme is delivered through a flexible, pick and mix programme of introductory, stand-alone training courses, designed to equip researchers with the skills needed to translate research ideas into medical technology products and clinical solutions.

Our winter 2021 course programme is now available to book:

Translate MedTech – NHS strategy and adoption/market assessment: 22-23 November 9:30am – 12.30pm

Translate MedTech – Regulatory affairs for medical devices: 29-30 November 9:30am – 12:30pm

Translate MedTech – Patient and public involvement and engagement: 9 December 9:30am – 12:30pm

Secondment Scheme


Our secondment scheme continues to run, remotely. We urge all awardees to follow government advice and only start their secondments in-person when appropriate to do so. 

Our secondment scheme is open to medical technology researchers in the Leeds and Sheffield City Regions. Secondments provide the opportunity for researchers to temporarily take up a role in a complementary organisation, with travel and accommodation funded by the Translate MedTech programme. Host organisations can come from across the sector, and include hospitals and healthcare providers, companies, innovation teams, international laboratories, and more. We also encourage secondments-in: for to academics and researchers to host clinicians, industrialists or innovation specialists. You can read blogs from our secondees.

Early stage innovation support


We host facilitated innovation workshops that are driven by a real clinical need. These workshops provide an opportunity to form new collaborations and develop potential new technologies. We provide support with research-led funding applications exploring new technologies, and we also provide secondments to help progress early stage ideas. Contact Kelly Broadbent:

Innovation Champions

Our Innovation Champions have a wealth of experience and expertise in developing medical technologies.

Embedded in each of the Translate MedTech partner universities, they are on-hand to offer advice about technology progression and/or to enhance innovation skills and capabilities. Together, they are sharing good practice and creating new opportunities for collaboration.

Find out more about Innovation Champions at your institution, and get in touch.

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