BrightIdeas is a research project, for Year 12 Students, that seeks to combine scientific literature with patient insight.
Supported by a current medical student as an E-mentor, students interested in studying medicine and enrolled on the BrightIdeas project will:
- Choose a medical condition of interest
- Research the science behind the condition
- Explore the social implications and social stigmas of the condition via discussions with patients, or anyone who has cared for patients with the condition
- Report their findings via an essay, video, podcast, blog etc
- Share their reports via a presentation or uploading online to educate local communities at a 4-day Summer Residential event, funded by the Medical Schools Council, at Brighton and Sussex Medical School
- Reflect on their experiences.
For this academic year, BrightIdeas will be running for students who meet the following criteria.
To be eligible for the programme the students should live and/or go to school in one of the following areas; Medway, Thanet or Sevenoaks (Kent & Medway programme) or in Hastings (Hastings programme)
In addition to this students, must be:
- In, or been in local authority care (1)
Or hold a minimum of two of the following:
- Studying in a school that achieved below the national average Attainment 8 score at GCSE or had attended to the age of 16
- From a school with a high percentage of students receiving free school meals
- Living in a geographical area with low levels of progression onto higher education (2)
- Are a young carer (3)
- From a family where the parents do not have a university degree from the UK or abroad
- In receipt of or eligible for free school meals or the 16-19 Bursary Fund or Discretionary Learner Support or Means Tested Benefit
- Be estranged from parents or guardians and/or be an asylum seeker or refugee.
(1) Experience of local authority care is defined as being looked after by a local authority, foster parents/other family members, at home with their parents under the supervision of social services, in a residential children’s home or in another residential setting such as school or secure unit, or someone who has experienced a period of three months in the care of the local authority within the last ten years.
(2) This is available at www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/postcode-search/. For POLAR students from quintile 1 and 2 will automatically meet this criterion.
(3) Young carers are defined as under the age of 18 who help look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. There is no time limit on the amount of care they provide for their dependents, this is just above and beyond what is normally expected.
For further information on the project, watch our video below and have a look at the information leaflets.
READ THE INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS (KENT & MEDWAY PROGRAMME) >
READ THE INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS (HASTINGS PROGRAMME) >
To make an application, please follow the appropriate link below
APPLY FOR THE KENT & MEDWAY BRIGHTIDEAS PROGRAMME HERE >
APPLY FOR THE HASTINGS BRIGHTIDEAS PROGRAMME HERE >
If you have any questions about BrightIdeas, please contact Charlotte Smyrk via firstname.lastname@example.org