The Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Youth Awards are part of the wider Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) Youth Awards, established in 2013 and set up by Dr Margaret Heslin. The awards are open to all young people aged 15 to 19 attending schools in South East London. The winners receive a £50 book token, a year of mentoring from a researcher and two days of work experience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London.
HERON took the lead on the development of the BRC Youth Awards programme which aims to encourage young people from the local area to stay in education and develop a career in science, with a specific focus on social problems and psychological health.
Applications for the 2017 awards are now closed. For details of how to apply in 2018, see here.
- In 2016, nine students took part in the programme and two students won HERON awards in Sociology, Psychology and Health. HERON also recruited a student ambassador from the 2015 award winners to give a young people’s perspective on the work of the network.
- In 2015, six students took part in the programme and three students won HERON awards in Sociology, Psychology and Health. As a part of their work experience, the students worked with the national Young People’s Mental Health Advisory Group to plan an engagement event for the Young People’s Takeover Day, a national event on the 20th November 2015 that allowed youth to get involved in making decisions about health. As a part of this engagement, the students got involved in setting mental health research priorities relevant to young people.