Inspiring our students

INSPIRE aims to light the fire of scientific enquiry in those students who might be tempted by an academic career.

The University of Bristol is a research intensive university, ranked by the Research Excellence Framework 2014 among the UK's top research universities. We are committed to enabling our students to become involved in research.

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

Research opportunities

The University of Bristol offers a broad range of activities, opportunities and incentives for students to engage with our research teams.

These research opportunities have been developed through consultation with current students, and with matched funding from the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.

We also work in close partnership to deliver co-ordinated activities with the INSPIRE schemes in the Universities of Cardiff, Exeter and Plymouth.

Academic activity

This program has developed into a vertical theme for students, with nodes of academic activity available in each year of study.

Starting in your induction week on arrival in Bristol and building through the years, this allows you to acquire not only research skills, but also the markers of achievement and esteem necessary to become a successful clinical academic.

Showcasing your work

We organise regular INSPIRE Showcases to provide opportunities for students to present their work and to network with researchers at a variety of career stages.

We also invite senior clinical academics as keynote speakers to present at these events.

This year we are hosting the National Intercalators' Conference.  To register, please click on the blue panel on the right.  

Students also have the opportunity to be involved in the student-led INSPIRE Student Health Sciences Research Journal - Autumn 2017 (PDF, 1,628kB).



2018 National Intercalators’ Conference

The 4th National Intercalators' Conference was hosted by the University of Bristol in the Wills Memorial Building on Saturday 17th November, 2018.  This was a day for undergraduate students from Medical, Veterinary and Dental Schools to listen to and talk with their peers who presented their research projects as oral or moderated posters.  We had talks from 4 senior academics from Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science discussing why they chose an academic pathway and what they wished they'd known as undergraduates.  We also heard from Dr Holly Roy about life as an  Academic Clinical Fellow in Neurosurgery.

Here is the full programme 2018 Intercalators Programme Final (PDF, 509kB) and you can find the full set of photos here:…/1rrhelypJP5v6dcB9IUKE0nDulxs0w6P…


I have been very lucky and received numerous bursaries from INSPIRE to support my research, which has included working in the USA and Australia, and have been able to present my work at INSPIRE showcases and conferences.

Anna K. Taylor (BSc 2014, MBChB 2017)
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