The overall aim of the Athena SWAN sponsored Warwick SMT Beacon Internships is to create opportunities to upskill ‘under-represented’ communities in clinical research, through mentored internships in healthcare technologies and healthcare innovation. The five Beacon Internships are:
- Ethnic Minority - for all ethnic minority communities
- Pride - LGBTQAI+ community
- Gender - for all under-represented genders, such as female-identifying, non-binary and transgender
- Neurodivergent - for all neurodiverse communities
- Widening Participation - for those from lower-income backgrounds
These Beacon Internships will allow for flexible working, allowing better access to those who have caring responsibilities or different internship access requirements. These Beacon Internships may be delivered throughout academic term-times and throughout academic holidays, in order to provide the opportunities to engage at the most appropriate time for the research project and interns. More information about the Beacon Internships, including the expectations of the intern, supervision and mentoring available throughout can be found in this document.
For more information, please email WMSBeaconInternships at warwick dot ac dot uk
Dr Thomas Dale MacLaine founded the Warwick Surgical MedTech group at the University of Warwick in 2018. Thomas has delivered over 30 internships, supervised student interns and continued his own academic interests alongside his medical education, and facilitating national conferences and innovation hackathons. As part of his works hosting internships within this group, he aspired to create opportunities for those from under-represented groups and support bridge the gap between the teaching and research arms of the university, leading him to approaching Charlotte with the Beacon Internship idea.
Dr Charlotte Simms founded the Warwick Athena SWAN Student Group, at Warwick Medical School. Charlotte is a champion for ensuring students from every background is able to speak up, feel included and access opportunities. With substantial experience in student focus group coordination and leading equality, diversity and inclusivity events, Charlotte was a pivotal co-founder in the Beacon Internships.
Together, Charlotte and Thomas have held focus groups with students from each under-represented group to ensure all aspects of the internship are appropriate and supportive. They have secured funding, garnered support from senior academics at Warwick Medical School, and supported the pilot internship program.