The SCAMP Team were awarded the Athena Swan Award for Public Engagement from the Imperial College London School of Public Health. The Public Engagement Award recognised SCAMP as a team that has undertaken high-quality engagement activities with members of the public.
Examples of such activity include how we visit secondary schools to deliver public health/epidemiology careers talks and study updates for pupils. A member of our team recently presented a SCAMP progress update at a school conference on ‘The Adolescent and the Mobile Phone’ which also involved taking part in a discussion panel on specific issues relating to pupils’ use of mobile phones engaging parents and teachers. As part of a wider PPIE project aiming to identify barriers to study participation and provision of consent for data linkage in seldom-heard groups, we have conducted two focus groups in community centres, containing a mixture of people from the local community and SCAMP parents. A range of parents of different ethnicities and economic backgrounds attended these focus groups. These focus groups have been a collaboration with the NIHR Patient Experience Research Centre (PERC) at Imperial College London.
Additionally, we have run work experience placements for more than five secondary school pupils and several students, providing them with experience of working in a cohort study. Finally, we had a stall at the QPR Community Day and spoke to members of the public about their research. They also discussed the benefits, barriers and solutions to participation in research on mobile phones. This was also done through our collaboration with the PERC.
Rosie, second right, accepted the award on behalf of SCAMP. She is pictured with two other Athena Swan award winners and two members of the opportunities committee.
If you are a teacher and would like to get in touch with us about the opportunities we provide for schools, please email SCAMP@imperial.ac.uk or give us a call on 0800 007 5557.