IHE Summer Studentship Scheme 2022
28 March 2022
UCL Engineering and the Institute of Healthcare Engineering is offering up to sixteen summer studentships at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and UCLH/UCLH BRC for UCL undergraduates.
The IHE Summer Studentship Scheme will give undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to shadow clinicians and take part in a related research project at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) and other UCLH/UCLH Biomedical Research Centre. The projects will be jointly supervised by a clinician and a UCL academic.
The studentship scheme is open to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering across the following departments and divisions:
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Biochemical Engineering
- Computer Science
- Digital Health
- Division of Surgery
This scheme is not available to first-year students
Dates and duration
Studentships will run for 8 weeks from June through September with the exact dates to be agreed between supervisors and students for each project. It is expected that the internships will be taken partly or fully in person.
Funding for 8 weeks for the student (that is 37.5 hours/week *£11.05/hour * 8 weeks, i.e. £3,315) + £200 stipend for the project.
What will a typical project look like?
In the first 3 weeks, students will have exposure to the clinical setting and interaction with clinical teams. The remaining 5 weeks will be focused on their selected project. Ideally, the core of the project should be completed by end of week 7, using week 8 for a write-up, handover, and dissemination.
Information for clinicians and UCL staff
We are looking for proposals from clinicians and academics for projects. The scheme provides a special opportunity to the best and brightest of the UCL Engineering undergraduate community, previous projects have had an incredible impact.
Criteria for projects:
- Must provide at least 2 weeks of clinical experience in the hospital working amongst clinical teams, ideally working with multi-disciplinary teams, with the rest of the project focussed on a research aim
Submit your proposal:
Submissions are now open. Please complete the application form by 11.59 pm Thursday 28 April. Projects co-supervised by UCL staff are encouraged.
If you have any questions, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for UCL students
Please click here to view the full descriptions for each project.
|Project number||Project title||Clinical unit||Lead clinicians|
|1||Studying the spino-pelvic relationship prior to total hip replacement: Co-registration of two image modalities.||RNHO- Surgical Technology Laboratory||Mr Johann Henckel|
|2||Understanding early failure of a novel antiallergic knee implant design: A retrieval analysis study||RNOH - The Implant Science Centre||Mr Johann Henckel|
|3||Perspectives on the use of digital apps among chronic pain patients and health professionals||RNOH- Chronic Pain Team||Dr Roxaneh Zarnegar|
|4||Design of force measuring apparatus for investigating screw compression||RNOH -Foot & Ankle Surgical Team||Mr Karan Malhotra|
|5||A study on the validity of pre-operative planning software with a lateralised reverse geometry shoulder prosthesis: a comparing of post-operative clinical motion||RNOH -Upper Limb surgical team||Mr Addie Majed & Mr David Butt|
|6||Developing haptic feedback for Intraosseous Transcutaneous Amputation Prosthesis (ITAP): modelling bone anchoring||RNHO - Orthopaedics||Miss Deborah Eastwood|
|7||Using Cardio-Pulmonary Exercise Test (CPET) to predict post-surgery outcomes||UCLH - HPPL Human Pharmacology and Physiology Laboratory||Dr John Whittle|
|8||Kinesiophobia: a systematic review and patient impact interview||RNOH - Physiotherapy||Mr Anju Jaggi|
|9||Endoscopic spinal surgery - AR application||RNOH - Spinal Surgery Unit||Mr David Baxter|
|10||Spinal sarcoma priority setting partnership||RNOGG - Spinal Surgery Unit||Mr Hanny Anwar, Lt Col David Baxter|
|11||Evaluation of the role of PET imaging for target definition in radiotherapy for rectal cancer||UCLH - Oncology: Gastrointestinal Clinical Oncology||Prof Maria Hawkins, Dr Richard Thomas, Dr Douglas Brand|
How to apply
Applications for the scheme are now open.
To apply for the scheme, you will be required to submit:
- Your CV (2-pages maximum). Check out this advice about formatting your CV from the Complete University Guide.
- A cover letter (1-page maximum), and indicate your 1st and 2nd choice of projects with a justification of why you are suitable for each (200 words per project).
- A statement of endorsement from your personal tutor or another UCL academic staff member who knows you personally with their contact details. This person may be contacted if there are any issues (e.g. wellbeing or engagement) during your studentship, so please make sure they are aware of this.
Applications should be made via this form by 11.59 pm Monday 9 May 2022.
We are looking for applicants with a history of academic excellence, motivation, and leadership, as well as a convincing case of suitability for their chosen project.
How did last year's students find the experience?
"As my internship draws to a close and I reflect on all I have learned, I realise what an excellent experience this has been. I gathered much knowledge in the classroom, but a hands-on approach has been invaluable.
I thoroughly enjoyed my internship this summer and now have very valuable experience under my belt.
Words are not enough to express how grateful I am to have been part of a team that is at the forefront of inventing new ways to help patients."
- Oreeditse Mogobye (UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering)
- Yuansheng Zhang (UCL Mechanical Engineering)
Thank you to the UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering Athena Swan committee for funding one of the studentships.