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Cancer data hub at UCLPartners joins Black Internship Programme

19 April 2021
DATA-CAN: The Health Data Research Hub for Cancer, hosted by UCLPartners, is welcoming two talented individuals as part of the 10,000 Black Interns initiative that has been set up by Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) to tackle the underrepresentation of Black people in the science community.

HDR UK and partners, including DATA-CAN, have recruited 54 interns to join programme, which will commence in summer 2021, providing paid work experience to future Black data scientists as they work with 25 of HDR UK’s partner organisations.

The Black community are heavily underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) community, with only 65 Black and 310 individuals with Asian and minority ethnic heritage making up the total of 10,560 science professors in the UK – as highlighted in The Guardian. The Black internship programme aims to help tackle the underrepresentation of Black people within the STEM community by providing opportunities for young Black people in the UK to flourish in their future STEM careers.

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.”

Caroline Cake, CEO at HDR UK said: “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.”

DATA-CAN’s involvement in the Black internship programme is part of a wider programme of work at UCLPartners to meet our commitments to equality, diversity and inclusion.

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, UCLPartners, Imperial College Partners, and The Rosalind Franklin Institute.