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Clinical Trials Apprentices

Meet Anna, one of our Clinical Trials apprentices

Click below to hear about Anna’s experiences of apprentice life and why she chose an apprenticeship at AstraZeneca.

Anna is studying for a BSc (Hons) Clinical Trials degree.

Read about Eleanor, another one of our Clinical Trials apprentices

I am Eleanor and have just entered my second year of a five year degree apprenticeship with AstraZeneca. I am taking part in the Clinical Trial Specialist apprenticeship which is conducted in partnership with University of Kent, studying a BSc (Hons) Applied Bioscience with Clinical Research Operations.

What does my role involve?

My apprenticeship has started in Early Oncology, which involves working on early-phase clinical trials. I currently sit within the study management function, part of clinical operations, who manage the day-to-day running of our trials from a global level.

I currently work across two studies, one being an internal AstraZeneca study which is looking at a combination of treatments for non-small cell lung cancer, the other being outsourced to a CRO (clinical research organisation) and looking at ovarian cancer. Across these studies, particularly the non-small cell lung cancer study, I provide GSA (Global Study Associate) support to a team of Global Study Managers and Senior Global Study Manager.

As my apprenticeship progresses it is likely I will rotate to other areas of the business to broaden my knowledge and increase my overall understanding of clinical trials.

What is it like to study while working?

Studying while working takes a great deal of commitment due to time restraints and the independence of degree-level study. This can also have great benefits though! For example, I find it useful to be able to study at my own pace. I have really enjoyed learning how to manage my time more effectively over the past year.

You are surrounded by so many extremely knowledgeable scientists who are willing to help you.

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