Community of Scholars

The RCBC Wales Community of Scholars was formed in September 2006 to facilitate interaction and collaboration between PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows, their supervisors and mentors, and external speakers. It meets regularly for the purposes of networking, training, free exchange of research ideas and debate. 

All PhD and Postdoctoral recipients of RCBC funding are required to take part in the Community of Scholars, which is a key feature of the collaboration. 


The aim is to provide a supportive mechanism which:


  • Pools the intellectual capacity of nursing and allied health academics and professionals in Wales for the benefit of the research fellows.
  • Provides a supportive environment in which fellows and academics meet regularly to discuss issues and share ideas, particularly on methodological issues.
  • Provides a means to keep the motivation and progress of fellows high leading to timely completion rates.
  • Accelerates the development of fellows methodological and research leadership expertise as a means of “fast tracking” future research leaders.
  • Provides a mechanism for mentorship and career guidance.
The training aims not to have any overlap with the processes which are in place in individual universities.  Instead, methods seminars and master classes in topics which are at the cutting edge are included in the schedule.  For research leadership, the aim again is to provide seminars and experiential learning on issues which may not be addressed in the host university.


To learn more about the Community of Scholars please visit the links below:

The Training Sessions


The Community of Scholars meets every two months, including an annual retreat event held each September.  Meetings are held in various locations around Wales and the venue is normally rotated around each of the HEIs affiliated to the scheme. 

Community of Scholars Facilitator


The Community of Scholars has a dedicated academic facilitator - Dr Roiyah Saltus, Principal Research Fellow, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales.

Community of Scholars Stories


A number of scholars have produced digital stories to record their experiences of the Community of Scholars.  Others have provided a narrative feedback on the scheme

Members Area (for current scholars and alumni only)


Current scholars and Alumni of RCBC Wales have access to the members area. This area provides details of future training dates, access to documents and other resources. 


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