King’s Health Partners Summer School returns

The annual King’s Health Partners Summer School will be taking place online for the second year.

summer school 2020We are very excited to announce that applications for the annual King’s Health Partners Summer School 2021 are now open to year 11 students who attend schools in Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham.

The week is designed to provide insights into careers within clinical research and aims to widen participation and access to higher education. The programme is organised by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Summer School will again be online with a mixture of live, interactive lessons, pre-recorded videos and group work.  The move to an online format has also allowed us to double the number of places to 40.

With the cancellation of GCSE examinations this year, the Summer School will run at the time when students would previously have been sitting these exams.

The programme covers both practical scientific and clinical research scenarios in the laboratories and learning centres to cover translational research ‘from bench to bedside’. This year’s School will be opened by our Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG). The YPAG will talk about their experience of the King’s Health Partners Summer School and how young people can get involved in research. There will also be talks and activities organised by our partners including:

  • The School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, King’s College London.
  • The Evelina London Children’s Hospital, part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.
  • The Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, King’s College London.
  • The Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, King’s College London.
  • The Clinical Research Facility at Guy’s Hospital, NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ BRC.
  • The Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, King’s College London.
  • The Department of Twin Research, King’s College London.

At the end of the week, participants will work with our Utopia Now! Team, a research project that invites young people from Southwark and Lambeth to share their hopes and fears for the future through a series of arts-facilitated workshops and activities. Participants are also given time to prepare a group presentation on their hopes and fears for the future of science. This work can be shared with friends, family and teachers via a public website.

King’s Health Partners Summer School – all you need to know:

Dates: Monday 5 July – Friday 9 July 2021

Venues: All classes will be held via Microsoft Teams with some pre-recorded videos available on our YouTube channel. Materials will be sent out in advance by post and/or email.

Cost: The school is completely free to schools and students.

Eligibility criteria

Students must be:

  • attending a school in Southwark, Lambeth or Lewisham.
  • in year 11 for the academic year 2021.
  • able to provide a reference from a teacher.
  • able to provide access to a parent or guardian.
  • have access to Microsoft Teams.

Find out more details about how to apply on the National Institute for Health Research Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre.