UK National Interventional radiology Trainee Research (UNITE) Collaborative

Research is vital for the future of IR, and we encourage every aspiring IR to get involved in research on some level. The UK National Interventional Radiology Trainee Research (UNITE) Network is a junior/trainee led research network, which aims are to promote academic interventional radiology, run multi-centre projects and provide mentorship. If you would like to be a collaborator on any of our research projects, or have your own idea that you think we can help with, get in touch!

Current Projects

A list of the active projects within the IR Research Network

IR Journal Club - by BSIRT & IR Juniors

The BSIRT & IR Juniors Journal club is a monthly journal club aimed at juniors/trainees. Each month features a trainee presenting a paper in IR, followed by expert panel discussion around the topic. We highly encourage anybody interested in IR to attend these sessions and learn about IR in an academic context!

Multi-Centre Projects

We are currently developing multi-centre research projects. Please check back here and on our social media pages for more information. If you would like to be a local collaborator for any of our projects, then please get in touch with us via email at


Current projects include:

- Review of the impact of COVID on Interventional Radiology Services 

- Review on gender in interventional radiology - based on the global IR training survey 


Research Careers

Academic Foundation Programme

The academic foundation programme (AFP) is an excellent way for foundation doctors to get involved with research, teaching or leadership projects. There are plenty of opportunities to make an AFP related to radiology. Click for more information about the AFP & application advice. 

Academic Clinical Fellowships

Academic Clinical Fellowships are 3 year programmes where a Radiology trainee gets 25% time protected for research, 75% clinical. ACFs are a fantastic way to get involved in research, and develop skills and a project to apply for a higher research degree. 

Research Fellowships

There are plenty of other ways to get involved in academic radiology. Trainees can undertake 1 year research fellowships as an out-of-programme experience or FY3 year. 

Find a Research Supervisor

Finding a research supervisor to undertake a project with can often be difficult. We have collated a list of interventional radiologists with an academic interest who are keen to supervise and mentor students/juniors with doing a research project. 

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