The opportunity to create NARU came with the formulation of the new University of Manchester and the School of Psychological Sciences. It reflects the merging of neuropsychology and aphasiology (speech and language therapy) from the old departments of psychology and human communication and deafness. The group is significantly boosted by the part-time appointment of Professor Jay McClelland (Stanford Unversity, USA) as a consulting professor and Professor Karalyn Patterson (MRC CBU, Cambridge) as honorary professor and Dr Satory Saito (Kyoto University) as honorary reader.
Researchers and students
Investment and the development of young clinical and non-clinical researchers lie at the heart of NARU. Postdocs, graduate research assistants and PhD students (around 20 in total) are supported directly by dual supervision and more generally by the whole NARU group. Interaction is promoted by weekly lab meetings at which staff and students are encouraged to present and discuss current research projects. It also allows students and researchers to learn effective presentation skills and to broaden their research horizons. Students and researchers also regularly present their findings through oral presentations at international conferences.
All students are encouraged to publish during the course of their PhD studies (our students have produced anywhere between one and six publications each during their PhD period) and they are supported in doing this.