Archive – The Researcher Magazine

The digital magazine to inspire the next generation of researchers

The Researcher was launched in 2016 and four editions have been released.  This digital publication, created for health researchers by health researchers aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Since launching the Researcher Magazine, NHS R&D NW has moved its engagement with researchers more to social media with active twitter and Facebook accounts which you can follow.  We now produce regular digital newsletters which appear on our website and can be accessed by joining our local researcher community through the invitation on our website.

The background to The Researcher magazine

Health Education England (HEE), NHS Research and Development North West and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) worked together with a team of early career researchers and award-winning writer Rob Young to produce the first three editions of the magazine which illustrates the real-life stories of what it is like to undertake a research career..

This is a highly collaborative project with Early Career Researchers (ECRs) developing the content and forming the editing team supported by editor in chief, Rob Young. Drawing from a bank of stories, news and content, The Researcher will focus on communicating, in an engaging, energising and innovative way, the backstories from research and researchers.

Editorial team member Dr David Keane, Clinical Scientist at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, explains why he got involved:

“My interest in the magazine comes both from what I will get out of the work and from hopefully generating something that can help a whole community of early career researchers to embark on a journey and to find their way through the uncertain periods of the early stages of a research career.”

Nicki Latham, Executive Director of Performance and Development at HEE – who funded the first three editions of the  magazine – said:

“Following the positive reception of the first issue, I am delighted that we’ve been able to produce another high-quality publication to help support our researchers and hopefully encourage those not already involved in research to become more curious about how they can improve patient care and the part research can play in doing so.

“I enjoyed reading all your feedback, but this tweet summed it up: ‘Informative, insightful, interesting – everything a newsletter should be and most importantly has a heart #whywedoresearch’.”

For information and to view copies of the researcher magazine – click on the links below: 

Breaking Boundaries, 1st edition

Staying Balanced, 2nd edition

Maintaining Momentum, 3rd edition

Building Community!, 4th Edition

If you are interested in contributing to The Researcher or would like to be part of The Researcher community please let us know by contacting or join the conversation at #TheResearcherMagazine