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At BSMS we’re inspired about research and we want our students to be too.

That’s why we’re working closely with the INSPIRE programme on a number of activities that get our undergraduate students immersed in the world of research. INSPIRE is coordinated by the Academy of Medical Sciences and supported by the Wellcome Trust.



The INSPIRE programme aims to: 

  • Encourage students to get involved with research during their undergraduate study
  • Promote collaborative research between members of faculty and students, and between medical schools and other local/national organisations
  • Develop and strengthen student research networks to share experiences and resources
  • Foster a research culture in doctors entering the NHS

How we do this

Research is seamlessly built into the BSMS curriculum. Student-Selected Components (SSCs) in years 1 and 3 provide the chance to get involved in research at an early stage, while all students conduct an Individual Research Project (IRP) in year 4. This involves collaborative research with a member(s) of faculty to develop a hypothesis, design methodology, data collection and analysis, and a written report. 

INSPIRE activities at BSMS

  • Encouraging BSMS students to gain experience and understanding of research
  • Facilitating collaborative research between students and members of the faculty
  • Changes in the core curriculum (ie, research methods teaching in years 1-3) to equip and empower students with the necessary research skills
  • Research focused Student-Selected Components (SSCs)
  • Research clinics to discuss ideas/questions and study design/methods (contact Prof Anjum Memon)
  • BSMS Research Society (contact Peter Bannister)
  • Advice and guidance for writing/submitting abstract for presentation at a conference (contact Prof Anjum Memon or Peter Bannister)
  • Advice and guidance for writing papers, book chapters, review articles and conducting meta-analysis (contact Prof Anjum Memon or Peter Bannister) 
  • Financial support for conference presentation. Please contact Louisa Gallon or Phillippa Groome (Emerton School Office), before submitting an abstract, for the conference grant criteria and application form
  • Showcasing of students’ research outputs (please send electronic copy of conference poster/published paper to Louisa Gallon or Phillippa Groome)
  • Networking and taster events/placements (contact Peter Bannister)
  • Departmental academic seminars (contact the respective Departmental Assistant)
  • Participation in National Students Association of Medical Research (NSAMR) and INSPIRE led conferencess

The Academy of Medical Sciences website contains further information about the programme, which involves all UK medical, dental and veterinary schools.

Find out more about the programme >