This July, our BRC team was due to deliver the annual King’s Health Partners Summer School. The week-long programme is designed to provide insight into careers and work within research for year 10 and 11 students from local schools to encourage widening participation and access to higher education. You can read about last year’s school here.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the decision to move this year’s Summer School online and to run it from the 15 June.

We are working with partners to deliver lessons and talks to students via the Discover Healthcare YouTube channel. Partners who will be working with us on this include:

Staff from the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre will be sharing their stories of their careers and what drew them into a role in research.

We will also include messages from our Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) who will talk about their experience at last year’s Summer School and how young people can get involved in our research.

At the end of the week, participants will be asked to prepare a short presentation on what they’ve learned and anyone who completes the week will be given a certificate and entered into a prize draw.

Shaun Cochrane, Deputy Director Biomedical Research Centre Operations said We’ve had to think very differently about how we support local students this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to make sure that we could safely deliver this valuable experience to students and to give them an insight into careers in health and biomedical research. We are therefore delighted to be working with our partners to deliver the Summer School in new and innovative ways.”

Claire O’Neill, Public Engagement Manager said “Whilst we will miss the face to face contact with our students, we are excited to be able to reach more people than ever in a safe and accessible way. This may even provide us with new ways of doing things beyond the lock down period and allow us to support and educate local young people even more widely than we have previously.”

You can register your interest in taking part in the Summer School here or for further information, please contact Claire O’Neill.