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Duration

Four weeks, full time

Application Deadline

06 June 2022

Location

St George's, University of London

UK, EU and non-EU

(International) citizens may apply

Start dates

11 July 2022

Last chance to apply! Deadline 6 June 2022.

The Frontiers in Human Health summer school offers you the opportunity to explore past, present and future approaches to tackling some of the world’s major health challenges. Based here in London, you can connect with fellow students, teachers and researchers as you explore global health challenges and the research approaches used to address them. Fields covered include global health, infection and immunity, genomic medicine, translational medicine and population health.

With a strong emphasis on research-informed teaching, this four-week summer school will provide you with an opportunity to gain insight into multiple aspects of the research experience by learning face-to-face and first-hand from researchers and undertaking your own short laboratory research project.

Taking place from 11 July - 5 August. Don't miss out, submit your application by 6 June 2022.

Programme highlights

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Face-to-face learning in a unique teaching hospital campus

With a strong emphasis on research, this programme is intended to provide you with opportunities to gain insight into multiple aspects of the research experience.

You will engage with specialists in the field, explore research facilities and have the opportunity to work in a group to design and complete your own short laboratory research project.

Environment

Being the UK's only university to share its campus with a major teaching hospital means you will be learning in a unique environment.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience face-to-face education at one of the oldest medical schools in the country alongside one of the UK's busiest hospitals, whilst staying in one of the most socially and culturally diverse cities in the world.

Living in London

St George’s is located in the thriving, multicultural hub of Tooting in southwest London.

Our location offers students the best of both worlds, as Tooting is small enough to maintain a friendly, local neighbourhood atmosphere while being close enough to all the attractions of central London.

You will have all the advantages of living in one of the most exciting cities in the world without all the cost.

Tooting itself is full of amazing restaurants, an open-air fresh water swimming pool called the Tooting Lido, as well as the always popular Tooting Market.

St George’s is 5 minutes away from Tooting Broadway tube station, which is located on the Northern Line in London Transport’s Zone 3. Central London and all its attractions are just 25 minutes away and accessible via the Northern Line tube service, with trains leaving every 2-3 minutes.

As part of the summer school you will have the opportunity to participate in social activities, such as afternoon tea and trips to attractions across London.

Please see the Social programme tab on this page for an indicative schedule based on last year’s activities. Activities for 2022 will be confirmed soon.

If you have any questions about the summer school, get in touch with the course team at summer@sgul.ac.uk.

“I feel I grew as a person and a student throughout my time in the course.”

- 2021 summer school student

“I enjoyed the teaching/lecture component of the course. Overall I though it was delivered to a very high standard.”

- 2021 summer school student

“The summer school far exceeded my expectations, both in terms of the facilities we were able to visit and also the amount of hands-on research we were able to partake in.”

- 2021 summer school student

Our four-week summer school programme is a University Level 6 module worth 15 credits (3–4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS credits).

It offers you the opportunity to explore past, present and future approaches to tackling some of the world’s major health challenges and to design and conduct your own group research project while based here in London.

The school will run from 11 July until 5 August 2022.

It is also possible to study as a non-credit bearing course.

The full summer school programme handbook will be available to download soon.

Through engaging with the Summer School programme, you will be able to:

  • identify past advancements and current research to address challenges at the frontiers of global health, infection and immunity, genomic medicine, translational medicine and population health
  • appraise and discuss key concepts, research approaches and enabling technologies that underpin(ned) these advancements and apply informed speculation about how they may advance human health in the future
  • apply hypothesis-driven research principles to laboratory bioscience experimentation, providing a rationale for experimental design and methodology choices
  • critically analyse experimental data and present findings clearly and meaningfully for a research audience using a visual medium (poster) and associated oral presentation.
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Course content

  • Global health challenges
  • Epidemiology and public health initiatives
  • Infection and immunology
    • Pandemic and Endemic infections (e.g. Covid-19, tuberculosis, malaria, HIV)
    • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Non-communicable diseases (e.g. Cardiovascular, cancer, neurodegenerative conditions)
  • The application of ‘big data’ in research
    • Omic technologies and their application
    • Personalised medicine
  • Translation of research from bench to bedside and community
  • The relevance of public engagement with research
  • Introduction to anatomy and dissection
  • Cell and molecular laboratory experimentation
  • Experimental design, data analysis and presentation
  • Visits to St George’s facilities including research labs, dissection room, pathology museum, archive and image resource facilities
  • Career development advice
    • Identifying transferable skills
    • Progressing your research career.

Mini-research projects

A major feature of the summer school is the opportunity to carry out a mini-research project based in the University’s cellular and molecular biology research laboratories, supervised by active researchers.

Based around a current research question, you will work in groups to design and execute your own research project within a scenario provided, analysing the data and presenting your findings as a scientific poster suitable for a research conference. No previous experience is necessary.

The project will include a thorough grounding in the laboratory techniques involved and a series of experimental design and data analysis workshops will take you step by step through the process from start to finish, with ample opportunities to practice and receive feedback.

Approximately one third of the summer school will be devoted to the research project, with the laboratory sessions focused largely in the third and fourth weeks.

Course delivery

  • Direct face-to-face contact via lectures and seminars (25 hours), and interactive workshops and tutorials (20 hours), including visits to research facilities.
  • Laboratory research project with supporting tutorials (30 hours).
  • Self-directed study and analysis (40 hours).
  • Preparation for examination, and preparation of research project presentation (35 hours).

Total: 150 hours.

At-a-glance indicative timetable

Over the first 2.5 weeks, taught sessions will be scheduled in the mornings from 10am, with interactive group sessions, visits and activities in the afternoons, usually finishing at 4pm.

Apart from a “keynote” lecture in week two, evenings are kept free for social activities.

A typical day will start with seminars/lectures and interactive sessions in the morning (typically in 45 minute blocks with regular breaks between), usually breaking for lunch at 1pm. The afternoon’s interactive workshops (including facilities visits and sessions focused on careers) typically run between 2.30 and 4pm.

This phase finishes with a two hour seen examination in the middle of the third week, preceded by revision and consolidation workshops.

The laboratory mini-research project is the focus of the second half of the third and the fourth week, ending with a conference-style poster presentation session of your research findings with an expert panel.

The research project days will be longer, from 10am to 5pm (with regular breaks), and be evenly balanced between hands-on laboratory work and interactive workshops for design and analysis.

Details of academic sessions and social activities will be confirmed before the start of the summer school and may be subject to change.

The schedule from last year’s summer school (PDF) gives a flavour of the summer school’s sessions and activities.

Welcome and arrival

Sunday 10 July 2022: St George’s orientation trail

If you have arrived ahead of the start of the programme, join us for an orientation journey around Tooting and learn about the history of St. George’s University and Hospital.

We will be meeting outside the Marks and Spencer shop outside the main entrance to St George’s Hospital, Grosvenor Wing (see campus maps at the end of the handbook).

Monday 11 July 2022: Induction day

The induction day will start at 9:30am and will include the following:

Registration

Before you arrive, you will receive an email giving directions and information about what to expect on your first day.

We will organise your registration on the programme and production of Identity/Access cards.

In this guide we have included maps of the university and teaching rooms. Please use these maps to help direct you to your teaching rooms.

Welcome and introduction to the Frontiers in Human Health programme

In these sessions we will introduce you to St. George’s, University of London and the programme, as well as demonstrating how you can use Canvas – our online virtual learning environment.

You will also meet some of the members of the Frontiers in Human Health course team.

Lunch Food and drinks will be provided as you get to know your fellow students.
Health and safety

This talk will cover the fundamental aspects of our health and safety regulations including:

  • risk assessment
  • the need for supervision in labs
  • the importance of students reporting any concerns
  • fire awareness.
Campus tour Staff will show you around the St. George’s University and Hospital site including important features such as our library, coffee shops and restaurants as well as the location of teaching rooms.
Welcome from the Principal St. George’s Principal, Professor Jenny Higham will extend a warm personal welcome and stay on to meet you at the social event that follows.
Welcome social event Join us in our Student’s Union bar for drinks, refreshments and an opportunity to chat to some of the programme team.

 

“I’m elated that global health/policy was intertwined with laboratory experiences. That made it a full academic package!”

- 2021 summer school student

For award of academic credit, achievement of module outcomes will be assessed by 2 summative assessments:

  1. a 2 hour written examination
  2. a visual poster with an accompanying short oral presentation.

An aggregate mark of 40% across the 2 assessments will result in award of 15 academic credits.

Written examination

You will undertake an invigilated 2 hour online examination in which you will answer a single question that will have been presented to you during the first week of the summer school (a seen examination).

The question, which will be formulated around the theme of Frontiers in Human Health, will require you to write an article for informed non-specialists (e.g. Scientific American), drawing on insights gained during the course, complemented by your own critical analysis, reflections and speculations.

Poster and oral presentation

Together with your group research project peers, you will design and produce a scientific poster describing the background, rationale, methods, and findings of your mini-research project, critically analysing the results and discussing their limitations, wider implications, and next steps.

You will give a group oral presentation on your poster to peers and an expert panel of assessors.

The oral presentation will be a maximum of 7 minutes followed by 3 minutes for questions and answers.

Assignments weighting

Assessment title
Percentage of final grade

Seen exam

60

Research project report

  • Written poster
  • Poster oral presentation

40

(20)

(20)

Our social programme allows students to get to know their peers and academics, in the heart of London. The variety of events is catered to all budgets and allows students to experience the best cultural experience.

Please see below the social programme from last year’s summer school.

Social activities for 2022 will be confirmed before the start of the summer school and may be subject to change.

Social schedule from 2021

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Week 1

  • Sunday 11 July, 2pm: St George's Path - Orientation Trail.

  • Monday 12 July, 4pm: Welcome social event.

  • Thursday 15 July, 7pm: Sample a curry in Tooting (cost: approx. £15 for starter and main course).

  • Friday 16 July, 5pm: Up the Shard (cost: free, drinks and food extra). Walk around Borough Market, sample a drink at the Shard and finish with a walk around London Bridge City with views of HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge.

  • Saturday 17 July, 10am: Day at Greenwich and boat trip in the Thames (cost: approx. £15, drinks and food extra). Visit the famous Cutty Sark, go to the Maritime Museum, do not miss Greenwich Market, picture yourself at the Prime Meridian and enjoy a boat trip in the Thames while learning a bit of London’s history.

Week 2

  • Sunday 18 July, 10am: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Bath with London Hop-on-Hop-off Tour (cost: approx. £112, drinks and food extra).

  • Thursday 22 July, 7pm: Jack the Ripper Walk (cost: £10).

  • Saturday 24 July, 11am: Reach for the sky! (cost: free, drinks and food extra). Visit a gothic old church and shop at One New Change including a Roof Terrace overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral.

  • Saturday 24 July, 3pm: Quintessentially British Afternoon Tea (cost: approx. £39).

Week 3

  • Sunday 25 July, 10am: Buckingham Palace and picnic at Hyde park. Watch the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony, enjoy London green areas and have a picnic at Hyde Park (weather dependent) (cost: free, drinks and food extra).

  • Tuesday 27 July, 9:30am: English brunch with the Course Team.

  • Thursday 29 July: Wellcome Collection (cost: free, drinks and food extra).

 

Week 4

  • Sunday 1 August, 10am: Fancy a swim? Tooting Lido and pub lunch (weather dependent) (cost: £5.40 + approx. £20 for lunch).

  • Thursday 5 August, 6pm: Old operating theatre museum.

  • Friday 6 August, 12pm: Farewell social event.

“I most enjoyed getting to become friends with the other students throughout the course and gaining a new perspective on the medical field and global health topics.”

- 2021 summer school student

For the duration of the summer school you can choose to live in Horton Halls, our halls of residence, which is a 15-minute walk from the University campus.

Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, and you will have shared use of a kitchen and common room.

  • Standard room (single): £176 per week.
  • Premium room (double): £186 per week.

We offer a 10% discount to St George’s alumni and groups of four or more students from the same institution.

Accommodation costs are in addition to the tuition fee, and you have the option of sourcing alternative accommodation elsewhere. You will also need to consider additional costs for living expenses and optional social activities.

“Horton Halls was an amazing experience to share with schoolmates. Very safe and clean. ”

- 2018 Summer School student

To apply to the 2022 Frontiers in Human Health summer school complete the online application form by 5pm on Friday 6 June 2022.

Complete the online application form now.

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Visa information

If you reside outside the UK, you may need a standard visitor visa to enter the UK and take part in the summer school.

Please see our Standard visitor visa webpage for more information, including how and when to apply. If you have any questions about applying for a standard visitor visa, please contact the International Advising Team.

Please note that it is the responsibility of each student to secure an appropriate visa, travel to the UK and meet any quarantine requirements prior to the start of the summer school on 11 July 2022.

St George’s, University of London is unable to reimburse students for any expenses incurred if they are unable to arrive on time for the start of the summer school.

Eligibility

The summer school programme is open to undergraduate students and recent graduates of a biology-related degree.

Students are expected to have passed at least 1 degree-level biology module, and international students are required to have an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing).

Students without an IELTS score of 6.5 are welcome to attend the summers school and can take part in the examination, however they will not receive the module credits.

Information for international students

If you are travelling from abroad, please check UK government guidance and the advice of your own government before making any arrangements to travel. 

More information about entering the UK can be found on the GOV.UK website.

If you have any visa or immigration related questions, please do not hesitate to contact the International Advising Team.

The fees for the summer school are:

  • Tuition fee: £2,500.
  • Early bird fee (for booking before 29 April 2022): £2,250.

Current St George’s students will receive 10% off the tuition fee cost whenever they apply.

Accommodation fees are not included in the tuition price. Please see the Accommodation tab on this webpage for more information, including costs, for Horton Halls, St George’s halls of residence.

Please note that activities within the social programme may also incur some additional costs.

Scholarship opportunities

This year St George’s is offering scholarships to 3 outstanding summer school applicants.

Each scholarship covers the full value of the course tuition fee.

The scholarships will be awarded to one UK-domiciled student, one non-UK domiciled student and one current St George’s student who best fulfil the eligibility requirements.

Scholarship candidates will be shortlisted based on their supplied CV, interview, academic reference and scholarship statement. Interviews will be conducted after the scholarship deadline.

  • Scholarship application deadline: 29 April 2022.

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Duration

Four weeks, full time

Application Deadline

06 June 2022

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