Group picture of young people from the BRC Take Over Challenge

BRC Youth Awards

The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is proud to take part in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) Youth Awards

The IoPPN Youth Awards are offered by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London.

About the Awards

The Awards aim to encourage young people (aged 15-18) from schools in the local area to stay in science and maths education and go on to study these subjects at university.

They began in 2013 and have been steadily increasing in number ever since.

They cover a number of science based subjects including:

  • genetics
  • economics
  • psychology
  • health and computer science.

These Awards are an excellent and exciting opportunity to gain practical experience and make valuable contacts. Each Award involves attending a placement at the relevant department for two days for the purpose of learning about each subject.

The Awards take place in July, August or September and the dates are negotiable. As well as a placement, they include ongoing mentoring for a year and a £50 book token. They are a great addition to your CV and will give you a great opportunity to experience a university environment at first hand.

For more information about the awards


Dr Cerisse Gunasinghe

Dr Juliet Foster (for IoPPN)

What previous Award winners have said:

"I’ve gained so much knowledge about mental health, and I know I’m going to take this with me in my future career."

"You get to meet students, professors, people working in the area, and it opens your mind."

“It has definitely motivated and inspired me to pursue my career goals and to be confident for what I want to achieve”

“Meeting the inspirational academics was extremely influential to me and made me even more dedicated to pursue my future aspirations”

“I valued that I was able to build up a network of people that I could contact in the future for further opportunities”

“My mentor gave me a real insight into what University life is going to be like and we talked about some of the best ways to revise for my upcoming exams."