Author Archives: Becky Smith

Last post from The Angel

I finished my assignment at Cancer Research UK today. I’m sad to be leaving as I’ve had an amazing 6 months and made some great friends. The work has been challenging but ultimately fulfilling and will drive the network strategy of the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres in the future and hopefully ensure that more oncology […]

Christmas at The Angel

It’s all feeling very festive at The Angel but there’s so much to do as my last day at CR-UK is next week! I can’t believe the 6 months has flown by so quickly, especially the last month. Since my last blog I have been involved in some fundraising (working at an exclusive ball raising money […]

Fundraising frenzy continues

Here’s a quick update on the fundraising frenzy that is continuing at CR-UK in support of Stand Up For Cancer. This week there has been snail racing, come to work in your pyjamas day, live auctions of some very interesting items (personalised triathlon training from one of the CR-UK managers anyone?), tiddly winks competition, director’s stand-up […]

It’s all gone fundraising crazy

I mentioned a few weeks ago about Stand Up to Cancer, the CR-UK new fundraising initiative. The main fundraising week starts on 15th October with the Channel 4 finale on 19th October but the activities have started in earnest at the Angel Building. All Executive Board members have been set a challenge: to use a £50 […]

A busy September

It’s been a busy few weeks at CR-UK. Firstly there was the brand re-launch in early September (you may notice advertising in newspapers and magazines with the new logo). Although my team wasn’t involved in the launch there has been a lot of activity in the office. Then there was the preparation for the yearly update meeting […]

Stand Up To Cancer launch

I thought you might be interested to hear about Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK’s launch of Stand Up To Cancer in the UK. Television, music and film stars will come together in October in a new national fundraising event to galvanise the public in the fight against cancer. The on-air season will build over a […]

A passionate plea

Yesterday I attended a ‘Passion Talk’ at CRUK given by the science lead at the Leicester ECMC. It was a brilliant presentation on the work being done in the Leicester ECMC to research the effect of diet-derived agents in the chemoprevention of colorectal cancer. Translating the research into clinical studies can only happen as a […]

Expanding volunteering horizons

I’m recognising that working in a large charity is a very different experience to that being had by my colleagues working in smaller charities. I’m slowly getting to grips with all the new acronyms and the differences between CRUK Centres, CRUK Institutes and Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (believe me, it’s not straightforward!) but I’m also appreciating that working […]

Facilitating collaboration in a research environment

My role in CR-UK is to project manage a couple of projects to facilitate & enhance collaboration between 18 ECMCs (Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres) in the UK with the ultimate aim of driving the discovery, development & testing of biomarkers & new anti-cancer treatments to benefit patients. Before I started working here I had no idea ECMCs existed & […]

Doesn’t time fly by……

I can’t believe I’ve just completed my fourth week in my PULSE Assignment – where does the time go? I’m volunteering with Cancer Research UK as a Project Manager for the Experimental Cancer Medicine Centres (ECMCs) & my brain is saturated with information on oncology which is incredibly new to me as my background is in respiratory […]