University of St Andrews

Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis

Welcome to Fife Community Advisory Council (FCAC)

Fife Community Advisory Council (FCAC) are people who want to make a difference to Healthcare in Fife and beyond. We are made up of Researchers and staff at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine, and most importantly, volunteer members of the public.

Researchers at the University will approach members of the panel for their input and assistance with new and ongoing research. The input of the volunteers helps the Researchers create better projects that then help improve healthcare.

FCAC provide a ‘sounding board’ for research undertaken at the School of Medicine. Research at the School is varied, and can range from studies looking at how cancer can be detected at an early stage, to how certain illnesses could make someone more likely to develop a different illness later on in life, and more. Researchers like to work with the general public to discuss their research and see where more improvements could be made.

Volunteers are free to participate in as many, or as few, projects they wish to. FCAC do not require a minimum contribution, but we encourage volunteers to participate in as many projects they feel are relevant to them.

What we offer in return;

  • All reasonable travel expenses reimbursed if you must visit the School of Medicine to participate in a project;
  • A friendly, inviting atmosphere where all voices are heard and experiences listened to;
  • The chance to improve healthcare in your area and across the UK;
  • Co-Applicant status on specific projects and recognition on outputs and publications;
  • The chance to meet others with similar lived experiences;
  • Recognition as a volunteer with the UK’s best University according to the Good University Guide 2022;

All voices on our panel are valued. Whether you are 19 or 90, your contribution will be recognised. We’d love to welcome you to our panel.

The FCAC University of St. Andrews Team

Prof. Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan has been an academic GP since 1984.  He was appointed as the Professor of Primary Care Medicine in the University of St. Andrews in 2017 where he is also the Director of Research in the School of Medicine. He won the British Medical Association Research paper of the year in 2009 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 – the first family physician since 1908. His clinical practice is currently in Glenrothes.


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EDI Stats as of March 2022;

  • 27.3% of members are between age range 51-60, the largest percentage in the individuals polled. 
  • 90.9% of members identify as the sex and gender they were assigned at birth.
  • 100.0% of members consider their overall ethnicity as white, however variations existed in the gathered data.
  • 30.0% of members advise they hold no religion, the largest percentage in the individuals polled.
  • 27.3% of members consider themselves to have a disability.