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National Intercalators' Conference 29th February 2020

INSPIRE is coordinated by the Academy of Medical Sciences and supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Students' publications

A number of our students have had their research published or have presented at conferences, meetings and symposia.

Who are we?

INSPIRE: medical students and research

We foster a culture of research and offer many opportunities for our students to take part in research and develop new knowledge in the medicine.

INSPIRE is a project organised by the Wellcome Trust and the Academy of Medical Sciences to encourage medical and dental students to gain experience and understanding of research.

The University of Exeter Medical School and Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry run a joint project involving conferences to showcase the research of junior doctors and students for years 1 and 2 in the autumn, taster days for students to visit research teams and experience what they do and summer research studentships that students can apply for.

Our taster days are planned in conjunction with Cardiff and Bristol medical schools and we will support studentships outside the parent medical school if the application justifies it. In addition, students from all four medical schools will be able to get lead and contribute to a research magazine, and UEMS students will be able to select mentors from junior clinical academics.

Junior clinical academics are also available to mentor student researchers.

The INSPIRE website contains further information about the scheme which involves all UK medical schools.

Students publish second edition of the INSPIRE Student Health Sciences Research Journal

Students at the University of Exeter Medical School have joined forces with their peers from the universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Plymouth to produce the second edition of the student led reserach journal that showcases original research undertaken in world-class laboratories and clinics by fellow students.

The 'INSPIRE Student Health Sciences Research Journal' is produced by a team of student editors from the four universities. It is a key part of a collaborative project under the national INSPIRE scheme funded by the Wellcome Trust and administered by the Academy of Medical Sciences.  The INSPIRE Journal Second Edition can be viewed here or it can be viewed at the journal websiteRead more about our second addition.

Information about the first addition of the journal can be found here INSPIRE journal.

Research taster days

Attending a taster day is a good way to make links with potential research supervisors that could result in a funded research studentship later this year.


Find out more about our mentors and how to get in touch with a mentor.