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NIHR SPHR Bristol internship: Mental health impact of school closure on children with SEND

N.B please note this internship is only available to the University of Bristol students.

The National Institute of Health Research’s School for Public Health Research are offering summer internships in 2021 to undergraduate students who are interested in learning how public health research is done and how it can be used to inform public health policy and practice.

We intend to offer these internships to students who are considering a career in public health research. The internships will be hosted remotely, which will enable interns to work from home. Interns will each be supervised by a Senior Research Associate or final year PhD student. There may be some opportunity for face-to-face supervision dependent on national COVID19 restrictions and University of Bristol policy response to these. Interns will have the opportunity to undertake research as well as hear from other academics about careers in public health. Each internship will last for six weeks starting 21st June.

Interns will undertake tasks such as assisting in the preparation and analysis of data, conducting a review of literature and/or assisting with writing up the results of research conducted in the Centre for Public Health (CPH).

Summary of project

The project will explore what is known about the impact of school closure and mitigation measures (social distancing, mask-wearing etc.) on children with special educational needs and disability (SEND). These can result from a long-term condition or life-limiting condition, a congenital condition, a learning disability, autistic
spectrum disorder, serious illness or injury, a sensory impairment, and/or behavioural issues. The project will involve conducting a focused literature search to collate existing peer-reviewed and grey literature on SEND children, school support, and mental health, as well as mapping other relevant ongoing and recently completed UK-based research around the topic. There may also be the opportunity to collaborate on qualitative data collection on an ongoing study in this area.

Internship requirements
• In the middle years of their first degree studies with an interest in public health (normally between years 2 and 3 for students on a 3-year undergraduate programme or equivalent for 4-year undergraduate programmes);
• A UK resident (and based in the UK for the period of the internship) and registered for a relevant degree at a UK university.
• Expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree.

For all projects, interns will receive regular independent supervision, and the opportunity for joint meetings across all three projects. Interns will complete a short report and blog/research briefing at the end of the placement.

Suitable candidates will be selected on the basis of a short interview (UK travel expenses will be refunded).
Stipend @ £401.15 per week.
Deadline for application: 5pm, Tuesday 4th May

Interviews: Tbc, expected between 17th and 28th May

To apply, please email a completed Bristol Internships Application Form 2021 along with your CV to


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