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 doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

We work with academic teaching and library staff in universities to recruit Student Champions. These 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.

Get involved

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 final report, 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.
  • Are 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 Day 1: NICE Evidence Search training 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, the initial training day will also cover teaching tips and the practicalities of cascade training.

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

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

Student Champions Day 2: Learning about NICE

All Student Champions will be invited to attend a day of presentations and activities focussed on NICE resources. 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 a venue close by. 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

It can be quite difficult to find about some health related topics using Google or Google scholar. Now I know an easier way to find out the information! It also doesn't hurt that a certificate of participation is given out to boost your CV.

Between May 2011 – March 31 2014 the Student Champion team has carried out and completed training of more than 650 student champions in 30 university schools. These include:


University of Birmingham University of Brighton and Sussex University of Bristol
University of Cambridge University of Exeter Keele University
Lancaster University University of Leeds University of Leicester
University of Liverpool Newcastle University University of Nottingham
Plymouth University  Queen Mary University of London University of Southampton
Swansea University


University of Bradford Cardiff University University of Hertfordshire
University of Huddersfield 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
University of Wolverhampton

Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional

Anglian Ruskin University Bournemouth University University of Hertfordshire
Keele University University of the West of England University West London


University of Bristol Plymouth University