Our I ♥ Research Academy is returning for the summer term with its exciting new format, including fantastic interactive online sessions covering a broad range of scientific and clinical disciplines, and its unique mentoring programme.

Organised and designed by our NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ BRC in collaboration with our Young Person’s Advisory Group, the Academy is a celebration of health research taking place across Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London. Applications are now invited from students from communities served by our hospitals and who will have completed year 10 or 11 by Summer 2022.

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

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.

You can see a recap of the February cohort workshops and a summary of the mentor projects presented by students below:



Our partners

  • Talks, activities and mentorship will be organised by our partners including:
  • The NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Translational Bioinformatics Team
  • The NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Governance Team
  • The NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Genomics Research Platform
  • The NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Patient and Public Involvement Team
  • The School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences
  • The Centre for Gene Therapy & Regenerative Medicine
  • The Department of Twin Research
  • St John’s Institute of Dermatology
  • The Department of Translational Oncology and Urology Research
  • Department of Women and Children’s Health

Academy dates

  • Online Meet and Greet session: Friday 8 July 2022
  • Online Workshops: Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 July (mornings only)
  • Group Projects: Up to 7 hours of group mentoring working sessions between 18 July and – 28 August 2022.
  • Conference: Monday 29 August 2022


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.


The Academy is completely free of charge to schools and students.

Eligibility criteria

Students must be:

  • In year 10 or 11 for the academic year 2022.
  • Living or attending a school in London (preference will be given to students living or attending a school in an area served by our hospitals –  Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, Hammersmith and Fulham, Chelsea and Uxbridge).
  • 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 at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NJC6D8S.

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 the candidates’ potential and interest in clinical research. Although candidates should check that answers are understandable, reviewers will be more interested in the 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 midnight Monday 27 June 2022.
  • Successful applicants will be informed by Thursday 30 June 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 the 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 on 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.