Week-long science summer school aims to inspire young Londoners to pursue a career in scientific research

This summer, 30 students from Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham will have the rare opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s leading scientists at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.

Now in its third year the King’s Health Partners Summer School, which is funded by Health Education South London. It is a free summer school designed to provide Year 10 and 11 students from schools local to Guy’s and St Thomas’ with an insight into careers in biomedical research.

Zion Mills was a year 11 student when he attended last year’s Summer School: “King’s Health Partners’ summer school was amazing in widening my understanding of biomedicine. It helped me understand the process of research, how such a plethora of different kinds of people had ended up in bio-medical research, showing how you never really know which career one could end up in!

“We got to try everything, from using ultrasound, simulating as junior doctors, to trying different ‘nutritional sources’. It was a fantastic overall experience.”

The five-day summer school opens its doors on Monday 1 August. To apply students will need to have been predicted at least five A*-B grades for their GCSEs and will also be asked to answer two extended questions about their interest in scientific research.

Jenny Cook, Public and Community Engagement Manager at the BRC, said: “Each year we set the bar very high for the summer schools and each year we’ve been extremely impressed with the high quality of the applications we’ve received from young people in our community.

“Here at the BRC we support world-leading scientists to conduct research that is changing the way healthcare is delivered all over the world. We hope this summer school will inspire young people in our neighbourhood to follow in their footsteps and join us in the fight against some of the world’s most serious medical conditions.”

The closing date for applications is 14 July. For more information and for details on how to apply, visit the Summer School’s website.