Work Experience Programme (15-18 year olds)

Applications for 2017 are now closed. Watch this space for info about the 2018 BeGOOD Work Experience Week.

What is the BeGOOD Work Experience Programme?

This is a week-long work experience programme at the University of Oxford. Students work in a small team to develop innovative, digital methods to better understand teenagers’ moral views and attitudes.  In particular, work experience students work to develop a game or app to explore young people’s moral attitudes related to advances in biomedicine, psychiatry and neuroscience.

The programme is offered by the BeGOOD team, which is led by Professor Ilina Singh.

What’s the commitment?

Work experience students work full time (10am to 6pm) for five days during the summer.

Who can apply?

15-18 year olds living in the United Kingdom from any school or background.

Do I get paid?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer a stipend. If you live far from Oxford, you will need to make your own accommodation arrangements. Please note that there will only be staff supervision 10am-6pm while you’re on campus.

We would be happy to cover transport costs to a maximum of £100.

Where does it take place?

You will be working at the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society Research Group, which is hosted at the Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford.

What do I gain from it?

Students have a chance to learn about ethics, mental health, and the process of developing research methods. They also have the chance to interact closely with researchers who are doing cutting-edge work in the field. Most importantly, the products of the work experience will help us ensure that young people’s opinions are better understood.

Who is behind the programme?

Gabriela Pavarini, a postdoctoral researcher with a background in moral psychology; Arianna Manzini, who is a philosopher and PhD student with a keen interest in working with young people; Jessica Lorimer, a Research Assistant in the BeGOOD team, and Ilina Singh, who is a Professor of Neuroscience and Society and our research group leader.

What type of research do you do?

Our research focuses on ethical questions that arise from innovations in neuroscience, psychiatry and genetics. We are particularly interested in ethical issues concerning the prevention and treatment of mental health difficulties, including ADHD, psychosis and conduct disorder. The BeGOOD Work Experience Week will mainly support a project named ‘Citizens: Early Intervention Ethics‘, which is part of a larger research project called ‘Becoming Good: Early Intervention and Moral Development in Child Psychiatry’ (BeGOOD). ‘Citizens’, deals with how young people understand and reason about ethical questions related to early intervention strategies and programmes. For example, some people believe we should identify babies at risk of developing psychiatric conditions (for ex., toddlers who show emotional difficulties or who carry genes that are more common among people diagnosed with certain disorders) and intervene with them to prevent problems from coming up. Although this approach sounds hopeful, it raises several ethical questions. For example, Is it fair to test babies before they are able to consent? And is it stigmatising to give them a label before an actual problem emerges? The ‘Citizens’ project is interested in young people’s views on these and other similar dilemmas. The Work Experience Week will be focused on the development of new methods to better understand young people’s views about these issues, including computer games and mobile apps.

Do I need parental consent to take part?

Yes, selected participants under 18 are asked to provide us with a letter of consent signed by a parent or legal guardian.

How do I apply for it?

Applications for 2017 are now closed. Information about the 2018 BeGOOD Work Experience Week will be published on this website or our Twitter page. 

Still have questions?

If you still have questions feel free to ask Gabriela Pavarini and Arianna Manzini at

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