The annual King’s Health Partners Summer School is returning in February half term 2022 with an exciting new format organised and designed by our NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ BRC in collaboration with our Young Person’s Advisory Group.

The new King’s Health Partners Academy will be a celebration of health research taking place across Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London, and will invite year 10 and 11 students from our local communities of Southwark, Lambeth and wider London to experience life working in clinical research.

The Academy will combine online interactive workshops as well as an optional seven-week mentored group project, culminating in a mini conference event inviting groups to present their project findings to their peers and research mentors.

Talks, activities and mentorship will be organised by our partners including:

By providing young adults the opportunity to meet researchers, see research in action, and take part in it themselves, we hope to inspire and support the development of the future health leaders.

KHP Academy Launch - 9/12/21 - collage of KHP summer school 2021

Images from the online 2021 KHP Summer School

Important Dates:

Meet and Greet session: Tuesday 8 February
Online Workshops: Monday 14 – Tuesday 15 February
Group Projects: Up to 7 hours group working sessions between 21 February – 5 April
Conference: Wednesday 6 April

Venues: Online Workshops will be held on Microsoft Teams, which can be accessed through any web browser. There will also be some pre-recorded videos available on our YouTube channel. Materials will be sent out in advance by post and/or email. Social and group working sessions may be held in person according to up to date social distancing rules and will be confirmed closer to the time.

If you would like to attend but will not have access to a computer, please contact Jessica Sells.

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

Eligibility criteria

Students must be:

  • In year 10 or 11 for the academic year 2022
  • Attending a school in London (preference will be given to students in Southwark, Lambeth or Lewisham)
  • Able to provide a reference from a teacher
  • Able to provide permission from a parent or guardian

How to apply

Students must apply using the online application form. The form requires basic contact information and then asks two extended questions (with a maximum of 250 and 500 words). 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 clinical 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 programme such as Microsoft Word and then copy and paste answers when happy.

Candidates are also asked to submit the name and email address of a teacher at their school who can provide a statement of support for them. A parent or guardian must also give permission for the student to attend and agree to the online safety policies and agreements we have in place to protect children and young people online.

Closing date:
The closing date for applications from students is Monday 24 January 2022.
Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 28 January 2022.

Guidance on questions
Below are some things to think about when answering the longer questions. The review panel will be examining applications based on candidate potential rather than ability to address all points in this guidance. 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? (maximum 500 words)
Guidance – 
Remember that this Summer School is focused around the different ways in which clinical 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?

Question – Give an example of a piece of research in the news that you have found interesting and explain why. (maximum 250 words)
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 would like further details on the Academy, please contact Jessica Sells.