Our BRC researchers along with colleagues from the King’s College London Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine (CSCRM) visited the Evelina Hospital School for a very special public engagement activity.

BRC funded PhD students Alicia Hadingham and Angel Menendez Vazquez, and the CSCRM’s Clarisse Ganier, Nasrat Harun and Jessica Sells joined patients and their siblings at the Evelina Hospital School for its regular careers’ lesson. They worked across wards and in its specialist classroom to inspire the young people to think about careers in science. By engaging the young people in a series of talks and hands on demonstrations, the researchers shared their information about their areas of scientific expertise and talked about their varied paths into clinical research careers. The school staff also filmed the researchers talking about their careers ,so that future students and those not well enough to attend could benefit from the visit.

Teacher Fiona Dyson said “The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and found it very inspiring. The feedback I received from students was great. GI who is 13 said “That was so much fun!” and TA, aged 14 told me that  he thought “yesterday afternoon was very interesting and intriguing” and that he learnt such a lot about what the scientists do in their fields of work that it has really made him think about consider working in that area.”

The filmed interviews are also very inspiring, and we are thrilled that we will be able to share them with lots of our other students who were unable to join us yesterday.”

Nasrat, Research Assistant at CSCRM said “I had such a great time meeting the staff at the Evelina Hospital School and finding out about the amazing work that they do.  It was my first time doing something like this and I really enjoyed meeting and talking to the children. I can’t wait to take part in more activities such as this, to inspire more young people into careers in clinical research. “

Claire O’Neill, R&D and BRC Public Engagement Manager added “We are excited to be working with the team at the Evelina Hospital School. We’ve been working with local schools for a number of years now but this is the first time we’ve worked with the one which is the most local!

We are delighted that the children and young people enjoyed the afternoon. We look forward to holding more of these sessions to give the children and young people at the Evelina Hospital School an insight into careers in clinical science and medicine.”

The school visits are just one example of  the patient and public engagement activities that our team can help researchers and our local communities with. You can read more about the team and their work here or contact Claire O’Neill if you would like to take part in future activities.