Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August 2017 (5 full Days 09:30-16:00)

Venues: The school takes place in 3-4 King’s Health Partners sites at Guy’s Hospital (London Bridge), St Thomas’ Hospital (Waterloo), King’s College London (London Bridge), and South London and Maudsley Hospital (Denmark Hill)
Cost: The school is free to attend with lunch and refreshments provided each day. Students will be expected to cover their own travel costs.

The King’s Health Partners summer school is designed to provide insight into careers and work within research for students from local schools to encourage widening participation and access to higher education.


Sessions are run across Kings College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust . We have an exciting programme of practical scientific and clinical research scenarios in the laboratories and learning centres to cover translational research – ‘from bench to bedside’.

The week will begin with an introduction to research and how patients can be involved in research design. We will also have visitors from the Scientific Recruitment Group (SRG) talking about transferable skills in careers and higher education when considering a career in science. The students will also learn about public engagement in Science with the Science Gallery London takeover. As well as the practical and clinical demonstrations the students are invited to the South London and the Maudley psychiatric hospital to work with clinical and research psychiatrists.

Throughout the week, students will be encouraged to think about the various ethical and social issues relating to health research such as how we should set research priorities, what makes someone choose to take part in a research study as a subject and when it is and is not ethical to perform research using human participants.

At the end of the week, participants will be given time to prepare a presentation on a controversial topic in scientific research  to friends and family at a final celebration of the week, with prize giving and refreshments.

Eligibility criteria

  • In year 10 or 11 for the academic year 2016/2017.
  • Attending a school in Southwark, Lambeth or Lewisham
  • Predicted at least 5 A*- C grades at GCSE (or subject to exceptional extenuating circumstances).

How to apply

Applications are now open. Apply online via Survey Monkey

Students will be expected to apply using the online application form above. The form requires basic contact information and then asks for two extended answers (250 or 500 words) to more general questions. Answers to these questions will be used to assess candidates and candidates are advised to take their time in answering these questions. The review panel will be looking for answers that demonstrate candidate potential and interest in research. Although candidates should check that answers are understandable, reviewers will be more interested in content of answers than style.

Please note there is no way of saving answers on the form so students are advised to write out answers to essay questions in a text editor such as Microsoft Word and then copy and paste answers when happy.

Candidates are also asked to submit the name of a teacher at their school who can provide a statement of support for them. At a minimum, teachers will be asked to confirm that the candidate is a student at the school with the required predicted grades. Teachers will also be invited to provide a written statement of support and outline any factors that they feel the review panel should be aware of when making their decisions. A link will be sent directly to the teacher to complete their section of the survey once the application form has been submitted by student.

Closing dates:

The closing date for applications from students is  27 June.
Successful applicants will be informed by 4 July.

Guidance on questions
Below are some issues to think about when answering the extended questions. This guidance is not meant to be restrictive and the review panel will be examining applications based on candidate potential rather than ability to address all points in this guidance. However, the comments are meant to guide students in thinking about their answers. Of note, the word limits are maximum word limits and answers will be judged on content rather than length. However, we expect that applicants would answer questions fully and believe it is unlikely that candidates will be able to convey their full potential in answers of fewer than half of the maximum word limit for the question.

Question – Why do you want to take part in this summer school? (max 500 words)

Guidance – Remember that this summer school is focused around the different ways in which research can be conducted. Why are you interested in research? Is it something you are considering as a career? What areas are you interested in? How do you think participation in this summer school would help you achieve your goals?

Give an example of a piece of research in the news that you have found interesting and explain why?

Guidance – Candidates do not have to give an answer related to health or biomedical research. We are interested in the candidate’s general interest in research. Did you find the methods used interesting, or maybe you were surprised by the result?

If you have any questions about the application process or want further details on the research summer school then please contact Ben Sawtell