In 2016, the summer school will take 30 participants and eligible applications will be judged by a review panel made up of researchers from King’s Health Partners and organisers of the summer school. The review panel will be looking for student interest and potential. Successful applicants will be informed by email in July 2016.
The summer school is offered free of charge to successful applicants and will run Monday 1st August to Friday 5th August 2016.
- In year or 10 11 for the academic year 2015/2016.
- Attending an eligible school in Southwark, Lambeth or Lewisham (please see list for eligible schools)
- Predicted at least 5 A*-B grades at GCSE (or subject to exceptional extenuating circumstances).
Overview of summer school timetable
Sessions will include analysing public health data, laboratory-based practical sessions and participation in a series of ‘mock’ medical scenarios relating to research. Throughout the week, participants 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 what they have done to friends and family at a final celebration of the week.
For photos of last year’s events please scroll down!
Dates of summer school
The summer school will take place Monday 1st August to Friday 5th August 2016. The summer school is not residential and days will last from approximately 10am until 4.30pm. Financial support for travel will be provided where necessary and lunch will be provided each day.
How to apply
Applications are now open. To apply please complete this online Survey Monkey Application.
Please read before you apply:
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.
- The closing date for applications from students is 14 July.
- Successful applicants will be informed by 20 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?
Question – If you could do a piece of research on any topic relating to health what would it be and why? (max 250 words)
Guidance: We are not expecting lots of technical detail in your answer to this question. We are more interested in the research question you would ask and why you would ask it. Remember that health research is a very broad area – as long at the question relates in some way to understanding or improving people’s health then it is a relevant answer to this question.
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 Jenny Cook.