The Francis Crick Institute's contribution to the local community has been recognised at the 2017 Camden Business Awards, where we won the Knowledge Partnership award for investment in education and building young people's career ambitions. The judges were particularly impressed with the range, reach and impact of what we offer for young people.
Katie Matthews, the Crick's Director of Public Engagement said: "Our education programme is a collaboration between staff throughout the institute and it is great to be recognised for what we've achieved. Huge thanks to Clare Davy, who heads our education programme, her team, and the hundreds of staff who have volunteered time to help deliver workshops, give talks, attend careers events and supervise placement students."
The annual Camden Business Awards celebrate successful leaders in Camden's thriving economy, recognising outstanding examples of business growth, sustainability, urban design and corporate social responsibility.
Image (from left): The Crick's Community Engagement Manager, Hannah Camm, and Director of Public Engagement, Katie Mathews, accepted the Knowledge Partnership award. Credit: Justin Thomas.
More than 9,000 Camden young people aged 5 to 18 benefited last year from Crick activities and workshops. Over 900 primary school children have spent the day doing experiments in the Crick's Weston Discovery Lab, and last Summer almost 1,500 Camden secondary school students took part in our school science project aimed at helping them learn to 'work scientifically' - a key part of the national curriculum.
The Crick also supports careers related learning providing a range of activities from training for teachers to work experience for pupils, and the chance for both primary and secondary school pupils to chat with Crick staff about their jobs and career paths.
The current focus is on schools in the Crick's home borough of Camden, but the education team also supports staff who want to engage young people and schools they have connections with.