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14th April 2021

DATA-CAN is a host organisation for this year’s Black Internship Programme

DATA-CAN is delighted to be welcoming two extremely talented individuals as part of the 10,000 Black Interns initiative.

DATA-CAN: The Health Data Research Hub for cancer is delighted to be welcoming two extremely talented individuals as part of the 10,000 Black Interns initiative.

Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) has brought the sector together to tackle the underrepresentation of Black people in the science community.

The Black community are heavily underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) community, with only 65 Black and 310 mixed and other individuals making up the total of 10,560 science professors in the UK – as highlighted in The Guardian.

As the UK’s national institute for health data science, Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) and its partners are delighted to announce that they have recruited a total of 54 interns – over 30 being women – to join this year’s Black internship programme, commencing in the summer of 2021. The internship programme – in partnership with the 10,000 Black Interns initiative and the UK Health Data Research Alliance (HDR Alliance) – will provide paid work experience to future Black data scientists as they work at 25 of HDR UK’s partner organisations.

Through the Black internship programme, HDR UK hopes to help tackle the underrepresentation of Black people within the STEM community by transforming the prospects of and providing the opportunities for young Black people in the UK to flourish in their future STEM careers.

Caroline Cake, CEO at HDR UK,

“We are really looking forward to welcoming the 54 interns this summer to the exciting field of health data science. It is wonderful that so many opportunities have been created by organisations from the UK Health Data Research Alliance. I hope that for many of these interns, this will be the start of a long and successful career in health data science.”

 Dr Charlie Davie, Director of DATA-CAN, said,

“At DATA-CAN, we recognise the importance of fostering equality, diversity and inclusion across all of our work. This programme is an important opportunity to make real progress in addressing the underrepresentation of black people in health data science. Both of our interns are fantastic role models, with a passion for health data science, and we are excited to support their continued development.”

HDR UK’s and HDR Alliance’s partner organisations hosting the interns:

BHF Data Science Centre, Big Data Institute (BDI), University of Oxford, Genomics England, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, HDR UK BREATHE Hub – Imperial College London, HDR UK BREATHE Hub – The University of Edinburgh, HDR UK BREATHE Hub – University of Leicester, DATA-CAN – hosted by UCLPartners, National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network, NIHR BioResource (for HDR UK IBD Hub, Gut Reaction), Swansea University, The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, The Digital Research Service, University of Nottingham, The Health Foundation, University College London, University of Birmingham/University Hospitals Birmingham, University of Cambridge, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust – Queen Mary University of London, The Brain Tumor charity, Bristol University – HDR UK Better Care Partnership, Benevolent AI, UCL Partners, Imperial College Partners, and The Rosalind Franklin Institute.