The NICE Evidence Search Student Champion Scheme is a national programme set up by NICE. The scheme aims to improve the routine use of evidence-based information by future health and social care staff.

We work with academic teaching, library staff and student leads in universities to recruit Evidence Search Student Champions. The students receive bespoke training and support to enable them to disseminate information about NICE Evidence Search to their fellow undergraduates in structured hands-on learning sessions.

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To find out more about how the NICE Evidence Search Student Champion Scheme might be implemented at your university please email:

Information for students

Benefits for Student Champions

Those who are successful in their applications to be Student Champions will:

  • receive in depth training on how to use NICE Evidence Search effectively
  • develop their facilitation skills
  • upon completion of a short reflective report template, receive a certificate of participation signed by Prof. David Haslam, Chair of NICE, Sir Andrew Dillon, CEO of NICE, and Alexia Tonnel, Director of Evidence Resources.
  • be eligible to attend a one day conference to learn more about NICE where they will meet Student Champions from other universities and disciplines
  • be well placed to engage with NICE at a higher level in their future career

Benefits for students attending Student Champions sessions

Those attending a session facilitated by Student Champions will:

  • improve their practical searching skills
  • learn how NICE Evidence Search can help with assignments and support them throughout their training and in their careers
  • receive a certificate of participation from NICE that can be included in their portfolios

Training structure outline

Student Champions workshop 1: NICE Evidence Search hands-on day

This will take place at the participating university in a computer training room. Student Champions will be asked to explore the NICE Evidence Search site in advance and to do some preparatory searches. They will also be asked to complete a pre-survey.

There will be online resources to support Student Champions throughout the scheme and beyond. They can signpost them to their fellow students.

As well as searching, and practising teaching in teams, the initial training day will also cover the practicalities of cascade training.

Student Champions will be normally be required to run their teaching sessions within a month of their training.

Once they have facilitated their sessions, Student Champions will need to fill in a short reflective report template. They will then receive an official certificate of participation.

Student Champions workshop 2: Learning about NICE

All Student Champions will be invited to attend a day of presentations and interactive group work focussed on NICE products. The day will allow them to network with Student Champions from other institutions and meet a range of staff from NICE including the NICE Chair and other senior staff.

The day will be held at the NICE offices in London or Manchester, or a venue nearby. These are held twice a year and Student Champions will be able to attend one event.

Travel costs to the venue will be met by NICE and lunch will be provided.

Comments from student champions involved in the scheme

I have gained the knowledge and expertise in using the NICE Evidence Search website and also being able to teach and guide others how to use it and to make the most out of the information available.

As a student champion I have extensively learned how to use the NICE Evidence Search site and how useful it really can be. I have also gained confidence that I can effectively teach my peers

Really helpful session on ways of finding guidance and practice information

Between April 2012 and March 2017 the Student Champion team has worked with more than 1,300 student champions in more than 35 different schools. Current partners include:


University of Birmingham University of Bristol University of Cambridge
University of East Anglia (Norwich) University of Exeter University of Leeds
University of Leicester Newcastle University Plymouth University
King's College, London


University of Bradford University of Hertfordshire Keele University
Liverpool John Moores University Medway School of Pharmacy University of Portsmouth
Queens University Belfast University of Reading University College London
University of Ulster

Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional

Bournemouth University Keele University Liverpool John Moores
Portsmouth Swansea University King's College, London


University of Bristol Plymouth University

Social Work, Social Policy and Criminology 2016 - pilot work

University of Huddersfield Loughborough University Plymouth University