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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 core curriculum (research methods teaching in the academic skills programme)
  • Research focused Student Selected Components (SSCs)
  • Research Clinics to discuss ideas/questions and study design/methods (contact Prof Anjum Memon)
  • BSMS Research Society (contact Leher Gumber)
  • Guidance and support for writing/submitting abstract for presentation at a conference (contact Prof Anjum Memon or Leher Gumber)
  • Financial support for conference presentation (contact Louisa Gallon or Phillippa Groome at Emerton School Office for the criteria and application form)
  • Showcasing student research outputs (send electronic copy of conference poster/published paper to Louisa Gallon)
  • Networking and taster events (contact Leher Gumber)
  • Academic seminars (contact the respective Departmental Assistant) 
  • Participation in National Students Association of Medical Research (NSAMR) and INSPIRE conferences

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