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J OIN T H E INNOVATORS LE AD T H E WAY MAKE AN IM PAC T From developing drugs LSTM is at the LSTM’s response to the to influencing change forefront of research COVID-19 pandemic P. 04 P. 06 P. 08 PROSPECTUS 2021/22
Welcome to the Liverpool School of Tropical 02 – Director’s Welcome WELCO M E TO L STM CONTENTS CO NTENTS Medicine, and thank you for your interest in 04 – Join the Innovators studying on one of our programmes. 06 – Lead the Way 08 – Make an Impact 12 – Our History 14 – Why Study in Liverpool? 16 – Facilities 17 – Student Experience 20 – Fundraising 21 – Alumni 22 – Finance & Funding 06 At the forefront of groundbreaking research work 12 The proud and rich history of the world’s first institution of its kind 23 – Open Days 24 – Courses & Programmes 26 – Master’s at LSTM 27 – Clinical Science MSc Programmes 30 – Humanitarian MSc Programmes 33 – MSc Humanitarian Practice (LEAP programme) Ever since it was founded in 1898, LSTM has been actions to ‘decolonise’ our curriculum and at the forefront of providing our stakeholders practices. Decolonising the curriculum is 36 – Global Health Programmes with the scientific evidence to translate central to LSTM Educational Strategy, which is 39 – Tropical Disease Biology MSc Programme relevant science into policy and practice. We focused on equity and inclusion. This process do that by working collaboratively in over 70 will involve a series of virtual conversations, 41 – Public Health MSc Programmes 26 countries to fulfil our mission of improving events and seminars which will help inform 46 – Professional Diplomas Master’s programmes attracting 2 the health of the world’s poorest people. our understanding and practices as we aim to 3 47 – Professional Diploma Programmes highly-motivated graduates answer several important questions such as ‘what from around the world Our multidisciplinary approach to global 54 – Clinical Short Courses would a decolonised curriculum and practices health research allows us to translate research look like at LSTM, given our global health history?’ 60 – Online Courses innovation and scientific breakthroughs from laboratory research into effective interventions Decolonising the curriculum is a long and 70 – Postgraduate Research Degrees (PGR) for those most in need. It is testament to our complex process. As part of this journey 72 – MRC Case / DTP Studentships ongoing success that LSTM continues to expand. we will be reviewing the images used in all our publications, including our prospectus. 72 – How to Apply As one of the few postgraduate centres of Changes will be made in the coming months excellence in the field of tropical medicine, to reflect these changes, based on feedback we are enthusiastic about offering our and expertise from staff and students. unrivalled learning opportunities to students within the UK and across the developing world. We provide all of our students with I do hope that you will enjoy finding out more about who we are. The work we do helps to save 21 Become part of a global community of world-changing the opportunity to excel in their careers in countless lives, and I invite you to contact us alumni and friends public health, medicine, and academia. directly if you would like more information . The Education Department at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), together Professor Phil Padfield with students, is starting a process of facilitating Dean of Education Cover photo: by Professor Stephen Torr, LSTM. Scientists from LSTM www.lstmed.ac.uk/study and Tanzania’s Vector and Vector Borne-Diseases Research Prospectus 2021/22 Institute conducting a survey of tsetse in the Tarangire National Park. The research will lead to sustainable strategies to protect Find out more about people and livestock from sleeping sickness and nagana, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Company registration No: 83405 our work and impact diseases caused by trypanosomes Pembroke Place, Liverpool, UK L3 5QA VAT registration No: 887125885 lstmed.ac.uk transmitted by tsetse flies. email@example.com +44 (0) 151 702 9590 Registered charity No: 222655
2030 JOIN THE INNOVATORS NOVEL SNAKEBITE TREATMENT J O I N TH E I NNOVATO R S J O I N TH E I NNOVATO R S LSTM is proud to be a part of a new decade LSTM’s Centre for Snakebite Research and Interventions long campaign funded by the Bill & Melinda (CSRI) has shown that the repurposing of an existing Gates Foundation which highlights the medicine, commonly used to treat mercury poisoning, research being carried out in the UK which is effective in treating some snakebites. benefits the health of people globally. The campaign launched in October 2020 with a six- Snakebites kill up to 138 000 victims every year, and week media campaign showcasing the UK’s ground- around 400 000 survivors are left with permanent breaking work in science and innovation to solve physical disabilities or disfigurements. DID YOU KNOW? some of the world’s greatest health challenges. Those most affected live in some of the world’s poorest CSRI hosts the largest and most diverse We are thrilled the campaign features three LSTM communities in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin collection of tropical venomous snakes in the led projects part of the ’10 Things the UK is doing America and often rely on agricultural activities for UK to support its diverse research activities, to make the world healthier’, such as tackling their income. This research has the potential to save education, and public engagement work. lives and limbs by removing treatment delays. TB with drones in Nepal, our snakebite research, and Tiny Targets, an innovative programme to strengthen national tsetse fly control programmes. The campaign also features two LSTM researchers as part DRONES TRIALLED TO FIGHT TB IN NEPAL of the “10 people in the UK who are changing the face of health”, Dr Emily Adams and Professor Daniela Ferreira. LSTM and partners are trialling the use of drones to combat tuberculosis in some of Nepal’s most rural and inaccessible areas. TB is the world’s biggest infectious disease killer and there are more than 40,000 new cases in Nepal every year. Early and correct treatment is reli- ant on good diagnostic testing and the drones are being used to greatly reduce the transportation time of samples for testing. 4 This work will make the job of volunteers easier and allow patients in 5 remote areas to access better and more convenient care, ‘leaving no- one behind’. OUTSMARTING BIG DISEASES, ONE TINY PROFESSOR DANIELA FERREIRA TARGET AT A TIME Daniela is Head of the Clinical Sciences Department and Professor of Respiratory LSTM led the development of Vaccines and Infection Immunology. an innovative but extremely simple solution to reduce the risk The team’s work focuses on of Trypanosomiasis, also known pneumococcal bacteria and the development of new vaccine strategies. CHANGING THE FACE OF HEALTH: as Sleeping Sickness using ‘tiny targets’ to kill the disease- The Experimental Human Pneumococcal carrying Tsetse fly. The traps use Challenge (EHPC) Model is the only model bright blue insecticide-treated DID YOU KNOW? in the world in which participants are DR EMILY ADAMS fabric not much bigger than LSTM is home to the inoculated with live pneumococcal bacteria in their nose. a handkerchief, mounted on This model is used as a vaccine testing platform as well as a largest Tsetse breeding Emily Adams is Senior Lecturer in Diagnostics for Infectious This work was critical in accelerating testing solutions for a stick next to a river where transmission model for prevention strategies with multiple colony in the UK. Disease and Diagnostics Lead for LSTM’s Research Centre for low- resource settings where diagnostic testing capacity is the flies live. The fabric attracts flourishing life science partnerships. This work is critical as www.lstmed.ac.uk/study Drugs and Diagnostics. Emily’s research ranges from point-of-care extremely low, but where rapid testing is essential in helping to the tsetse flies and they are pneumonia kills more children globally than any other infectious Prospectus 2021/22 diagnostics such as rapid-diagnostic-tests (RDTs) to simplified contain transmission. Her work has also included understanding killed by the insecticide, which reduces the population to disease. molecular diagnostics that can be used at the community level. modes and of COVID-19 transmission in various settings. Emily such an extent that the number of cases drops dramatically. Daniela’s work has involved the development and trialling of a is also part of a team leading a study measuring transmission These these tiny targets, which are much less expensive number of COVID-19 vaccine candidates, including the FASTER Emily’s team has been at the forefront of the development and the impact of COVID-19 on households in Liverpool. than the traditional traps, are just as effective in killing the study in partnership with Pfizer, which aims to understand and validation of rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19, including tsetse fly vector of this terrible disease. As a consequence how bacterial pneumonia leads to severe COVID-19 infections. a partnership with Mologic on an antibody test which was we are able to offer protection to a population, as Daniela is also leading the LSTM-arm of the phase III Oxford developed for manufacture in the UK and in Dakar, Senegal. well as their livestock, at a fraction of the cost. vaccine trials.
L EA D TH E WAY LEAD THE WAY L EA D TH E WAY “LSTM HAS ALWAYS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO FINDING SOLUTIONS.” Recognising the Liverpool City Region and North West England’s existing world-class expertise in life sciences, a Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) led consortium has received £18.6m from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) for five years to deliver an innovative project delivering integrated therapeutic solutions for human infections. The newly formed consortium named iiCON, along with LSTM, includes the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Unilever UK, University of Liverpool, and Evotec Ltd and the AMR Centre, which are based at Alderley Park, Cheshire. The project will act as a catalyst for economic and regional productivity by leveraging £115 million worth of investment, creating eight specialist, commercially sustainable research platforms for infectious diseases therapeutics in North West England. These research platforms will go on to transform the efficiency of new product discovery, development, evaluation, and impact assessment. With the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Warrington having the largest concentration of 6 infectious diseases research in the UK, it is no surprise that this consortium of organisations was chosen 7 for the SIPF funding. The region has shown an impressive, meticulous response to the COVID-19 outbreak, working on active research programmes in vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics. Project lead, LSTM’s Professor Janet Hemingway, said: “LSTM devised this programme together with our industrial, NHS and academic partners aiming to be the first choice globally for infection research and development initiatives. This grant secures the international reputation of the region in infection innovation and will attract substantive follow-on international investment.” LSTM Director, Professor David Lalloo said: MASSIVE “Throughout its history, LSTM has always been at the forefront in innovative approaches in finding solutions for human infections. The current global COVID-19 outbreak shows again how essential and relevant our global expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of these diseases is.” LTSM, with industry funding, is currently carrying out two trials – one focusing on immunology in bloods, nasal mucosa and bacterial colonisation associated with clinical Elevating the outcomes. The wother takes samples from healthcare workers and COVID-19 patients BOOST to assess changes in biomarkers during exposure to/development of infection. Liverpool City region Investment in diagnostic technologies at LSTM, initiated in response to the antimicrobial resistance and the north (AMR) crisis, have been rapidly adapted to provide validated west of england diagnostics to meet the needs of the COVID-19 outbreak. www.lstmed.ac.uk/study It has allowed Liverpool to become a test bed for new at the forefront of diagnostic technology development and evaluation trials for MAKE AN IMPACT Prospectus 2021/22 global research and COVID-19. To this end LSTM has been central to the validation TO LIFE SCIENCES development. of lab based COVID-19 anti-body tests and rapid diagnostic tests with multiple commercial and academic partners. Want to learn more? We have lots of impact stories on our website RESEARCH IN LIVERPOOL lstmed.ac.uk/news-events/ make-an-impact
MAKE AN IMPACT L STM’S R ESP O NSE TO TH E COVI D - 1 9 PAN D E MIC M A K E A N I M PAC T LSTM’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 Oxford vaccine trial The development of a safe and effective vaccine will be the only way we will be able COVID-19 PANDEMIC to get out of the pandemic and resume our normal lives and the Respiratory Infection and Vaccine team at LSTM is working hard towards this. LSTM is one of the research trial sites LSTM is playing a unique role in the response to COVID-19, covering all of the translational research testing a new vaccine against COVID-19 in cycle. From the beginning of the outbreak, we have partnered with industry, academic institutions and healthy volunteers. This study will enable researchers to assess if people can be organisations aimed to have the best possible impact on public health in the UK and overseas. protected from COVID-19 with this new A lot of LSTM’s research is conducted via its Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics (CDD). This Centre comprises as experienced multi- vaccine called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19. It will disciplinary group of experts working together researching, developing and validating drugs and diagnostics in response to the COVID-19 also give them valuable information on pandemic. safety aspects of the vaccine and its ability to generate good immune responses Research into vaccines is the only way to find out which vaccines will work. LSTM plays a key role in the various COVID-19 vaccine research against the virus in young and older adults. programmes that are ongoing, most notably establishing LSTM as a Phase III trial site for the Oxford Vaccine Trial. LSTM does this by randomly allocating LSTM also partners with multiple other institutions and organisations to provide evidence based advisory services to government participants to receive the ChAdOx1 departments and other interested parties. nCoV-19 vaccine or a Men ACWY vaccine in addition to doing blood tests and collecting information about any symptoms that occur after vaccination. If a participant Printing Face Shields for the NHS COVID-19 pandemic. Sean Tomlinson develops COVID symptoms they are answered the call from DoES Liverpool, a LSTM is playing a unique role in the tested for COVID. To estimate the efficacy community interest company focused on 8 response to COVID-19, covering all of 9 of the vaccine the proportion of those supporting the local maker community, to the translational research cycle. From the who develop COVID in the vaccine and produce effective low-cost face shields for beginning of the outbreak It has partnered the control arm will be compared. Efficacy North West healthcare workers. with industry, academic institutions and data for the trial will be pulled from all 18 organisations aimed to have the best The laser-cut polypropylene face shields sites in the UK and Brazil and presented possible impact on public health in the UK produced by DoES Liverpool and the larger to regulators for potential licensure of the and overseas. network of volunteers have been ordered vaccine. The team is now in discussions by hospitals and GP surgeries across the with NIHR and industry partners for delivery A lot of LSTM’s research is conducted via North West including Aintree, Liverpool of two further COVID vaccine studies its Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics (CDD). Royal, Walton, East Lancashire Hospitals starting at the end of the year. In addition, This Centre comprises an experienced and Manchester Royal Infirmary. Sean Professor Daniela Ferreira’s team has multi-disciplinary group of experts Tomlinson, who joined the MRC Doctoral been collaborating with Pfizer, who have working together researching, developing Training Partnership scheme with LSTM, an existing vaccine which works against and validating drugs and diagnostics in had access to LSTM’s 3D printers and one cause of severe pneumonia and are response to the COVID-19 pandemic. is used the designs provided by DoES working on a vaccine for COVID. Viral Research into vaccines is the only way to Liverpool to optimise the printing process infections are commonly associated with find out which vaccines will work. LSTM to increase daily production 80 face shields secondary bacterial infections during winter plays a key role in the various COVID-19 per day using 4 printers. Establishment season, with pneumococcus increasing viral vaccine research programmes that are of a COVID-19 Preclinical Pipeline for disease severity. Professor Daniela Ferreira ongoing, most notably establishing LSTM Therapeutics and Dr Elena Mitsi were awarded a Pfizer funded grant to investigate the relationship as a Phase III trial site for the Oxford Vaccine Trial. www.lstmed.ac.uk/study of pneumococcus and SARS-CoV-2 and assess the immunological responses during LSTM’s PhD student Sean Tomlinson MAKE AN IMPACT Prospectus 2021/22 co-infection. The ultimate aim is to define re-allocated LSTM’s 3D printers and used Want to learn more? We have lots if pneumococcal vaccine would ultimately them to print free face shields for NHS of impact stories on our website also assist the fight against COVID. staff working on the frontline during the lstmed.ac.uk/news-events/ make-an-impact
L STM’S R ESP O NSE TO TH E COVI D - 1 9 PAN D E MIC Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine COVID Diagnostics The WTC Liverpool branch remained open throughout the pandemic, continuing to offer The COVID diagnostics programme at CDD is a vaccination and occupational travel service to enrolling patients suspected of COVID-19 for ensure that key workers and international staff could diagnostic evaluation and Dr Emily Adams’s team continue to be deployed. WTC’s highly experienced has become the UK evaluation site for FIND, a staff were utilised for a number of COVID-19 specific programme which runs multiple rapid diagnostics for roles. This included two Occupational Health nurses antigen detection, to rapidly identify active infection. to the Liverpool University Hospital Foundation The programme works in partnership with industry Trust (LUHFT) to get those returning to the NHS as that has developed a new rapid test to detect the part of the pandemic response into their roles as presence of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, the quickly as possible. More recently, three members NHS uses the best test available to detect the virus of nursing staff have been temporarily seconded to using a nasal swab. The current test can take up to Public Health England to help support the COVID- 4 days before the results are available which can advisory service, which has been overwhelmed with lead to an extended amount of time in quarantine the volume of enquiries from local councils, schools, or a prolonged amount of time grouped with other colleges, universities, nursing homes as well as patients that are suspected to have Coronavirus companies regarding COVID-19. increasing the potential for hospital transmission. In partnership with the Accelerator Research Clinic The new tests need to be validated against the (ARC) team, administrative, nursing, medical and current best practice. The programme needs to management staff have been involved in supporting use the tests with real samples to check if they are the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trial. Over the last as accurate as the current test. If successful, this five months, the WTC team vaccinated over 850 study may change practice and policy allowing participants for this trial. for early detection and appropriate isolation of patients. Evaluation of rapid diagnostic tests for With further vaccine trials in the pipeline, WTC is in active infection LSTM is working with FIND, a discussion with the ARC and CRN to provide their 10 11 global non-profit organization driving innovation experience and expertise in vaccination to provide in the development and delivery of diagnostics to continued support for these. combat major diseases affecting the world’s poorest WTC nursing staff have also supported other local populations, and other industrial partners to assess COVID research studies through the secondment the sensitivity and specificity of new point-of- of nursing staff. This included the SAFER and FASTER care antigen tests. The CDD team are working in a research trials at LUHFT, being run by the ARC multi-centre study with FIND, Germany and Brazil to research team, and the University of Liverpool’s assess multiple tests, and data is presented by FIND COV-LIV community study. WTC’s education staff to the World Health Organization (WHO) to make have also been involved in vaccine training and decisions on large-scale procurement. These tests education to support the Northwest Coast Clinical have the power to accurately identify active infection Research Network (CRN), by delivering a bespoke in minutes at the bedside of the patient. CDD is now training course to a group of CRN nurses so they investigating ways to implement these findings in can take part in vaccine trials, this is to ensure that the UK and further afield working with the MALCOV we have enough qualified nurses with experience team for rapid screening of infection in Burkina Faso in vaccination for future clinical trials. Most recently and Kenya. The CDD team are working with multiple the WTC started offering a new back-up COVID-19 industrial partners, most notably Mologic, funded by testing service for symptomatic LSTM staff and Wellcome and DFID (now FCDO), to improve antigen students who are unable to access NHS rapid testing tests by rapid analytical sensitivity and specificity because of the current pressure on the service. A testing to improve prototypes, and rapidly use clinical special testing tent has been set up at the back samples for clinical evaluation. www.lstmed.ac.uk/study of WTC and protocols have been put in place to Well Travelled Clinics and COVID-19 manage the process. The WTC’s commercial agility Prospectus 2021/22 and flexibility, together with the previous experience Since the early days of the pandemic, staff at LSTM’s in managing the healthcare needs of rapid Well Travelled Clinics (WTC) have played a significant humanitarian deployments, have proved invaluable role in supporting LSTM and local NHS and PHE in delivering a swift and targeted response to the health care teams in their response to COVID-19. pandemic.
L 1946 2004 STM’s inaugural graduation LSTM celebrates 100 years of the O U R H I STO RY O U R H I STO RY The appointment of LSTM’s longest- 1898 serving Dean, Brian Maegraith, Diploma in Tropical Medicine ceremonies mark a significant and Hygiene (DTM&H) programme. marked a broadening of the LSTM’s size and achievement, and the story of this journey conveys a fascinating, proud and rich history of the curriculum. Maegraith famously declared ‘Our impact on the tropics should be in the tropics!’, which resulted in LSTM forging links with other research 2013 LSTM receives higher education status. world’s first institution of its kind. institutions across the globe, including the creation 2016 Bill Gates visits LSTM with 2020 of the Faculty of Tropical Medicine at Bangkok. then UK Chancellor George Osborne to announce the £1bn Ross Fund to 1973 The Alastair Reed Venom Unit is established, developing new anti-venoms for the treatment of snakebite. combat diseases in developing countries. 1991 Building upon long-standing relationships with Malawi’s Ministries of Health and Education, LSTM is invited to develop the College of Medicine in Blantyre (CoM). Despite opposition from critics claiming a 1914 The building of these laboratory facilities was completed, but due to the advent 2017 of the war, occupation was deferred. Instead , they Privy Council awards LSTM were used as a Tropical Diseases Hospital and offered degree-awarding powers. courses to officers of the Royal Army Medical Corps. 12 1920 Teaching resumed, and LSTM finally moves into its own building. 2018 LSTM holds its first graduation ceremonies at the Liver Building, and awards Dr Letitia Obeng and Professor 13 1898 A donation from Sir Alfred Lewis Jones, Head of the Elder Dempster 1921 LSTM opens an overseas research Victor Mwapasa its first honorary degrees. 2019 laboratory in Freetown, Sierra medical school was a luxury Malawi couldn’t afford, Shipping Line, supports the creation of the world’s first research Professor David Lalloo takes over Leone. This laboratory functioned continuously LSTM helps to sway the argument demonstrating and education institution dedicated to tropical medicine – the Liverpool as Director of LSTM, leading the until the early stages of World War II and made that CoM was essential to the future health and School of Tropical Medicine, initially based within the facilities of the Royal organisation towards it 125th anniversary in 2023. many important discoveries in West Africa, economic development of the country. Upon Southern Hospital on Liverpool’s waterfront and the University of Liverpool. including demonstrating that a species of black the establishment of CoM, LSTM placed senior This was in response to the number of sailors returning to the Port fly was responsible for the transmission of filarial personnel in leadership roles to develop the of Liverpool with diseases such as malaria, dystentery, beri-beri and worms to humans, causing river blindness. curriculum and initially run the operation, with tropical anaemia. The shipowners recognised the serious threat these Also in 1921, Dr Alwen M. Evans is appointed the aim of developing Malawian leadership for diseases posed and took action through the founding of LSTM. as LSTM’s first female lecturer. the future. Since then, CoM has grown from an annual intake of 10–15 students with a handful of 1899 LSTM appoints Ronald Ross (front row, second from left) as its first lecturer, and the first scientific faculty, to 80+ students every year and 110 staff. 1995 The Malawi–Liverpool–Wellcome Centre in Blantyre is established, expedition was undertaken to Sierra Leone, a partnership between LSTM, the University of where scientists studied malaria. 1902 Ronald Ross becomes the first British recipient of the Liverpool and the Wellcome Trust (the primary funder). MLW is currently home to more than 680 staff, and conducts internationally-excellent 2020 - COVID-19 Response. We have played a leading role in the UK response to COVID-19 and community interventions here 1945 science which aims to improve the health of and overseas. Our researchers have been at the www.lstmed.ac.uk/study Nobel Prize for his work in describing the After World War II, many former transmission of malaria by mosquitoes. Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOWs) people in sub-Saharan Africa and train the forefront of the development and validation of rapid Prospectus 2021/22 diagnostic tests for COVID-19. In partnership with 1909 are sent to LSTM on their repatriation to the UK. next generation of health leaders in Malawi. Alfred Lewis Jones dies and Pfizer, we tested a potential vaccine for COVID-19- 2000 In addition to treating them for tropical diseases, leaves a large bequest to Janet Hemingway takes over related pneumonia. LSTM was selected as one of LSTM’s clinicians were the first to describe ‘FEPOW LSTM. Thanks to his and other donations, as Director and, over an 18-year the UK sites for Phase III of the University of Oxford’s Syndrome’ (post-traumatic stress disorder), the Find out more LSTM was able to set up its own laboratory tenure, leads LSTM through a period of significant COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, the biggest phase III first time the psychological effects of conflict about our history and teaching premises in Pembroke Place, investment and expansion – including increasing the trial site outside Oxford, recruiting 900 participants. had been studied. This work has influenced lstmed.ac.uk separate from the University of Liverpool. research portfolio from £23m to more than £500m. how these conditions are treated today.
WH Y STU DY I N L I VER P O O L ? WH Y STU DY I N L I VER P O O L ? Liverpool is a fantastic student city, bursting with opportunities and lots of things to do. It has a legendary music scene that’s bigger than just the Beatles, and a city centre packed with clubs, pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafés. Great reasons to A CITY LIKE NO OTHER choose Liverpool LSTM is based in the the culturally rich city of Liverpool, offering students a great opportunity to visit an impressive number of galleries and museums in addition to exploring the legendary music scene. The city-centre restaurant scene will allow you to explore the cuisine of any culture, while the city also has award-winning shopping facilities and theatres, two Premier League football clubs, golf courses, beautiful parks, and outstanding countryside within a few miles drive. As a multi-racial and multicultural city with a diverse range of religions and communities, Liverpool is a city that is very supportive of all the students who choose to live, work, and study here. 14 15 Central destination Friendliest city Amazing shopping World class culture Liverpool is only 2 Liverpool is one of the Liverpool One is the city’s Liverpool has World www.lstmed.ac.uk/study hours from London by most affordable and safest £1 billion award-winning Heritage site status for the Prospectus 2021/22 train. Liverpool’s John cities in the UK. It has been shopping development City Skyline – the same Lennon airport connects voted the friendliest city that attracts 2 million status as the Pyramids to more than 650 in the UK* & 4th friendliest visitors every month. and the Taj Mahal! destinations worldwide. city in the world. ** *YouGov poll, December 2015 ** Rough Guides, 2015
FACILITIES STUDENT STU D ENT EX P ER I ENC E FAC I L I TI ES LSTM has well-equipped, modern teaching and research facilities, in keeping with an institution at the cutting edge of tropical medicine. Major refurbishment of the “The tech team were absolutely amazing! Never had so much help making sure my computer EXPERIENCE main teaching areas began in 2015, including a major would connect to the At LSTM we value our students and strive to ensure overhaul of the library facilities and all audio-visual needed services.” that you have an excellent student experience. The equipment, as well as the creation of new collaborative — Diploma in Tropical Nursing student, 2015 Student Advice and Wellbeing (SAW) team comprises group spaces and more flexible teaching rooms. of two dedicated members of staff who will support you from point of entry to graduation and are Teaching methods and programme content are here to ensure that you enjoy your time studying continuously evaluated at LSTM. We place particular at LSTM and feel part of the local community. importance on small-group teaching, which allows the independent learning experience to come to Student Advice and Wellbeing (SAW) team the fore in the class. It also helps students build The Student Welfare and Advice Manager acts as the first point of contact communication skills through group presentations, for welfare and safeguarding enquiries. The Student Welfare and Experience contributions in class and other assignments. Manager provides counselling sessions, mental health support and offers a “It has been wonderful learning in a The Weston Active Learning Lab range of health and wellbeing initiatives such as health walks, mindfulness multicultural environment. It is good LSTM has invested approximately £1million to create sessions, stress busters and organises sports and fitness opportunities. to understand the context one works a new active learning laboratory, with support The Student Experience Officer is the main point of contact for support of donations from Garfield Weston Foundation, around disability, accommodation or feedback practices. The SAW team in and to take that into consideration the Dinwoodie Charitable Company and the work hard to ensure that you enjoy your programme, reach your greatest going forward. Liverpool is also a 16 generosity of individual donors.This cutting-edge, potential and feel a valued member of the LSTM community. The team friendly and lovely city to live in and 17 multifunctional learning environment offers offer social events and activities so that you are given every opportunity to students a unique teaching and collaborative experience student life in Liverpool and to make long lasting friendships. experience, contributing to LSTM’s aim of being “The MSc in International Public Health Disability Support the ‘go-to’ institution for the training of global Degree is taught by world-class tutors The SAW team provides confidential information, advice and health professionals and leaders of the future. guidance regarding disability to prospective and current (who have both practical experiences students and to members of the teaching staff (involved in public health research and in LSTM provides support to students with a wide range epidemic response across the world) and of disabilities including, but not limited to: who have a work history of having worked Virtual Learning Environment • Learning difficulties (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia) in the public health development and Brightspace is LSTM’s Virtual Learning humanitarian sectors across the world.” Environment. Providing support at both course • Physical health and mental health conditions and programme level, it is at the core of the • Autism spectrum conditions (such as Asperger syndrome) learning experience for our students. • Sensory impairments “The variety of backgrounds of staff and Brightspace provides access to: • Mobility difficulties students has made for a very • learning content and associated activities Based on individual need and circumstances we will identify disability related support for your academic studies and tailor support on a rich learning experience” • tools for communication and collaboration case-by-case basis. The Student Experience Officer provides advice • assessments, both formative and summative on sources of funding such as the Disability Support Allowance www.lstmed.ac.uk/study • an area for personal reflection (DSA) that may be available to students with disabilities. “I have a deep sense of fulfilment and will be forever grateful to LSTM for Prospectus 2021/22 You can disclose a disability at any point in the year by contacting the In addition to the tools which are part of the Student Experience Officer either by attending one of the SAW drop-in boosting my career perspective in life.” Brightspace suite, a number of other technologies sessions or by emailing SAW@lstmed.ac.uk. We encourage you to disclose have also been integrated into Brightspace Discover more a disability when applying for a programme, or as soon as possible using single sign-on. This ensures that students afterwards, so that support arrangements can be promptly put in place. 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STU D ENT EX P ER I ENC E STU D ENT EX P ER I ENC E Accommodation Information Liverpool Student Homes (LSH) Liverpool Student Homes the official university service for private accommodation and is available to all prospective and registered students at LSTM. A range of properties are advertised on Liverpool Student Homes website. The properties are registered to the LSH Code of Practice which allows you to have confidence that accommodation is safe and of a good standard. The LSH website provides details of accommodation offered by private landlords/letting agents including; lodgings, rooms for rent in shared student houses, student flats/apartments, bed-sits and larger housing schemes. LSH offers bespoke support to LSTM students seeing accommodation in Liverpool. You can also use the LSH discussion boards to find other LSTM students to share accommodation with. http://www.liverpoolstudenthomes.org 18 19 Phone: +44 (0)151 794 3296 Email: LSH@liverpool.ac.uk For further guidance please contact the Student Experience Officer before or during your studies – SAW@lstmed.ac.uk Student Feedback The student voice is extremely important to us and informs everything we do. We work in partnership with our students and believe that you should be involved in developments and your feedback can help us to shape the way that we deliver our programmes and deliver services. Throughout your studies you will be given the opportunity to provide feedback through multiple channels such as surveys, focus groups and committees. Your valuable feedback enables us to enhance your learning and student experience at LSTM. Social Activities LSTM is committed to providing a healthy and inclusive community by bringing students and staff together for a range of social www.lstmed.ac.uk/study activities and wellbeing events. These events provide you with an Prospectus 2020/21 opportunity to meet your fellow classmates as well as prominent “It a brilliant course. Fantastic “It’s an amazing course, so “Absolutely brilliant course. I’d “Really interesting world-leading academic figures within the institution. Past learning opportunity, interesting and the people you meet highly recommend it to all of my and inspiring with activities include; local football club tours, student led activities, and eye-opening” and doors that are opened will be friends. If I had the opportunity to some amazing DTM&H August craft sessions, coffee mornings and ‘Meet a PhD Student’ events for 2019 students those who are interested in furthering their academic careers. invaluable in your future career” do it again, I would in a flash” lecture”
FUNDRAISING ALUMNI FU ND R A I SI NG A LU M NI SCHOLARSHIP CASE STUDIES When you join LSTM, you become part of a global community of world DID YOU KNOW? changing alumni and friends. We are proud to attract the best talent from LSTM is a registered UK charity with 501c3 around the world, and prouder still of what our alumni go on to achieve. status in the US via the British Schools Since 1898, LSTM has fostered a community of future leaders, working and Universities Foundation (BSUF) to break the cycle of poor health and poverty all over the world. How do you think your time at LSTM “I chose to study at LSTM because I wanted to be trained Donations to LSTM directly impact the student experience by in an environment where students are brought together has gone on to shape your career? supporting scholarships, hardship funds, equipment and teaching from different countries and regions to create a platform “My time at LSTM has been hugely influential. LSTM was facilities, such as the new Active Learning Laboratory. for exchanging experiences among practitioners. a big part of all my scientific training, which I am very Any scholarship can change an individual’s life immeasurably through the LSTM is known to provide courses that are very well thankful for. I was able to work with leading scientists opportunities it can create, but an LSTM scholarship can impact whole known for their practical applicability, multidisciplinary in the field of mosquito biology, who dedicated time communities. Our students often come from healthcare professions in approach, and interactive, participatory methods.” to teach me techniques, encouraged me to develop fragile or emerging health systems, and will often return “The opportunity to study at LSTM will surely provide my critical thinking and also provided mentoring and to positions of seniority, influence and leadership. The skills developed on for me a vibrant international network of global friendship. My career to date is a reflection of the great our programmes are shared with their colleagues, who in turn share this health professionals whom I can work together education I had at LSTM. I am immensely proud to have knowledge via their own networks –amplifying the impact far beyond with in the future in promoting global health.” trained at LSTM and I regularly recommend people to an individual’s own learning. The projects they undertake will be based — Kristal An Agrupis look think about LSTM when considering post-graduate on real situations back home, meaning that the best practice generated (MSc Tropical Paediatrics, 2020) or post-doctoral work. Working within the vector group through then can be implemented almost immediately, resulting in Thomas Mark Scholarship award has also driven my scientific interest in applied research, improved practices and ultimately better outcomes for patients. I love to see bench science really applied to the field. In 20 my current position at Verily I am working on just that, 21 Donations are helping us to educate and train the next generation developing sterile insects in the lab and deploying of scientists and health professionals who have the potential them in the field to hopefully have a real impact on to go on to significantly change the face of global health. Dr. Sara Mitchell (PhD, 2011) vector populations and disease transmission.” Leading up to our 125th anniversary in 2023, our aim is to increase the number of scholarships that we can award Sara is a senior scientist who completed her How would you sum up your to some of the brightest talent across the world. undergraduate thesis, MSc and PhD here at experience of LSTM? LSTM. Sara has been fascinated by tropical “The most challenging and most enjoyable period diseases, and mosquitoes, ever since she of my life. LSTM is responsible for my career, first spent time at the school almost 20 years which I love, and for so many great friends.” “My application to LSTM to study for a Postgraduate ago when participating in work experience certificate (PGCERT) in Global Health was motivated while at Archbishop Blanch secondary school by my interest in antimicrobial resistance and (Liverpool). Having decided to pursue a career global health. I knew that I needed to gain more and degree in Biological Sciences, Sara jumped knowledge in this field as this will empower me to at the chance to enrol on the first Tropical “My time at LSTM has been provide solutions to health challenges in this area. The scholarship has helped me to realise my dream Disease Biology degree program to be awarded jointly by Liverpool University and LSTM. hugely influential. LSTM of studying at LSTM and expand my knowledge in Since leaving LSTM, Sara has gone on to an was a big part of all my Global Health, which is vital to building a successful exciting career in vector research. She has worked career in this field. Through this program, I will gain as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Imperial scientific training, which in-depth knowledge and key competencies in global I am very thankful for.” www.lstmed.ac.uk/study College, London. She then went on to work with as health, which is needed to proffer solutions to global a Research Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Prospectus 2021/22 health problems such as antimicrobial resistance. Health in Boston, Massachusetts until 2016. Sara I am honoured and grateful to have been awarded then moved to work for Verily Life Sciences in San this scholarship. Without the scholarship, I would Francisco, California, where she is Senior Scientist Find out more about LSTM’s not have been able to fund my studies.” on a project called ‘Debug’ – a vector control Meet some of our inspiring alumni fundraising priorities initiative led by Google which uses the Sterile — Adeola Bamisaiye (MSc Global Health, lstmed.ac.uk/alumni lstmed.ac.uk/fundraising Insect Technique to reduce vector populations. 2021) Mamco Selab Scholarship award
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COURSES & PROGRAMMES CO U R SES & P RO G R A M M ES CO U R SES & P RO G R A M M ES HUMANITARIAN Master’s MSc Humanitarian Studies 31 MSc Humanitarian Health Programme Management 32 MSc Humanitarian Practice (LEAP programme) 33 CLINICAL SCIENCES Master’s MSc Tropical and Infectious Diseases 28 MSc Tropical Paediatrics 29 Professional Diplomas Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 48 Diploma in Tropical Nursing 50 Diploma in Travel Health (Online) 51 Short Courses Travel Vaccinations: Principles and Practice (online) 56 Malaria Prevention in Travel Health (online) 57 Governance and Safety in Travel Health (online) 58 Hazards in Travel Health (online) 59 24 25 PUBLIC / GLOBAL HEALTH Master’s MSc Global Health Programmes 36 MSc International Public Health 42 MSc International Public Health – Humanitarian Assistance MSc International Public Health – Sexual & Reproductive Health MSc International Public Health – Planning & Management Short Courses Global Health (online) 61 Research Methods (online) 62 Leadership in Health Systems Management (online) 64 Epidemiology & Statistics (online) 65 Qualitative Research in Global Health (online) 66 Working with Diverse Communities (online) 67 Climate Change & Health (online) 68 www.lstmed.ac.uk/study TROPICAL DISEASE BIOLOGY Prospectus 2021/22 Master’s MSc Tropical Disease Biology 40 Undergraduate BSc in Tropical Disease Biology 44 Intercalating Medics 44
MASTER’S M A STER S AT L STM PROGRAMMES CLINICAL SCIENCE MSc M Sc C L I NI C A L SC I ENC ES AT LSTM LSTM’s Master’s programmes attract highly-motivated graduates from around the world. Programmes follow a modular framework in which students follow a core set of taught modules specified for their programme and then select from a variety of optional modules. This allows you to tailor our programmes according to your individual interests and prior experience. “Why LSTM? The reputation of the institution and the calibre of the people 26 who are on 27 the faculty.” — Dr David Barr, 2015 Each Master’s programme runs for 1 year, from We aim to: September, including taught modules and a • Produce graduates who are experienced, research project, leading to the submission of a committed, informed, proactive and dissertation. The research project is a highlight of effective professionals, capable of taking the Master’s Programme. It takes place from May substantial and leading professional roles. to August, and can include fieldwork overseas. • Facilitate high-quality learning Every year, a proportion of research projects are that is informed by critical hosted by LSTM Alumni, partners, or collaborators. analysis of current research. • Develop independent and reflective approaches to study www.lstmed.ac.uk/study that will enable graduates to Prospectus 2021/22 continue to learn in the future. In addition to the information here, modular frameworks and Find out more about full programme specifications our work and impact are available on our website. lstmed.ac.uk
M S c C L IN IC AL S C IE N C E S — T RO P I C A L A ND I NFEC TI O U S D I SEA SES M Sc C L I NI C A L SC I ENC ES — TRO P I C AL PAE D IAT RIC S Tropical and Infectious Diseases Tropical Paediatrics (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) (MSc/PgDip) Programme Outline 3 Good Reasons to Study 3 Good Reasons to Study Programme Outline This programme develops research skills that are applicable to a wide This programme aims to provide doctors practising or intending to range of problems in clinical and epidemiological settings. Emphasis is practise in developing countries with a critical understanding of the Infectious diseases are a global Learning from leading experts in given to the scientific and empiric evidence for diagnosis, management evidence for the control and management of diseases in childhood and control of the most prevalent diseases in developing countries, threat, with recent outbreaks of the field of global child health, you Avian Flu H5N1, Ebola, and Zika Virus will identify the gaps in child health with particular reference to endemic diseases in tropical countries. with particular reference to high burden diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV and malaria, from a public health and clinical perspective. making headlines worldwide. related research and service delivery, Students will develop their ability to appraise the evidence that underlies current and discuss how to overcome them. practice, undertake research and lead improvements in the quality of health This Master’s programme does not include a clinical attachment or teaching at the bedside. The programme is offered within a dynamic research-led ave a transformative learning H services delivered to children in both hospital and community settings. The environment and its content is informed by the cutting-edge research activities experience at LSTM - develop curiosity, ou will be able to become a Y curriculum reflects current national and international priorities and policies in of the academic staff. It is designed to enable the professional development discover new areas that excite you, better clinical and public health global child health. Following the taught component, which does not include of the student, to be relevant to students from both the UK and overseas, and and deepen your understanding practitioner in maternal and a formal hospital attachment or bed side teaching, participants complete a to promote approaches to study that will enable graduates to continue their in areas you’d like to be an expert child health, and an informed dissertation including a period of applied research either overseas or in Liverpool. learning into the future. Following the taught component, students complete a in and opportunities for research advocate for global child health. The programme is offered within a dynamic research-led environment and its dissertation including a period of applied research either overseas or in Liverpool. overseas as part of your dissertation. content is informed by the cutting-edge research activities of the academic ou will study a specific topic related Y staff. It is designed to enable the professional development of the student, to be Career Opportunities relevant to students from both the UK and overseas, and to promote approaches aise your critical awareness of global R to child health, independently and in The MSc Tropical and Infectious Diseases (MTID) provides a wide range of skills to study that will enable graduates to continue their learning into the future. health priorities and the research depth; from identifying the research 28 and training for doctors planning academic and clinical careers in resource-poor 29 underpinning them. We will also work question, through data collection settings with endemic disease. It is an excellent qualification for doctors who wish with you to publish your dissertation and analysis, until write up. to work in the field of health research in either a clinical or community context, as Career Opportunities research in peer reviewed journals. well as with international organisations specialising in health assistance-related The MSc Tropical Paediatrics provides a wide range of skills and training activities. This MSc is a great springboard into clinical academic routes, and previous for paediatricians planning academic and clinical careers in the tropics. students have successfully applied for Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellowships. This MSc is often a starting point for career progression, and together Also, many students have had their research projects published in peer reviewed “Studying in LSTM was a lifetime with a successful dissertation/research project, it can strengthen your journals, enhancing their standing in the academic research environment. opportunity where LSTM CV when applying for promotion in clinical settings. This MSc is a supported me to grow personally, great springboard into clinical academic routes. Also, many students Programme Aims Entrance Requirements emotionally and academically. “ have had their research projects published in peer reviewed journals, •P rovide doctors with previous • Medical Degree plus 1 year enhancing their standing in the academic research environment. — Dr Muna Jama 2020 experience in high burden diseases experience of professional with research skills relevant to work after qualification. Programme Aims Entrance Requirements tropical and infectious diseases • Experience of working in a • Provide doctors with previous •M edical degree plus at least in low-income countries. “The course was very challenging, and I learnt a developing country is desirable. experience in paediatrics and one years’ experience of lot from it and I feel I’m a better clinician now… •D evelop students’ knowledge and • English Language - IELTS with child health, with research skills professional work in clinical Since going home to Kenya, I’ve now been given comprehension of the preventive an overall band score of 6.5 “Studying in LSTM has been a life relevant to child health-related paediatrics after qualification. additional responsibilities to run the training and and curative management strategies (and a minimum of 5.5 in all experience; from the wonderful problems in low-income countries. • E xperience of working in a research committee and at the same I’m doing that promote health and well- learning components). classmates & lecturers to the • Develop students’ knowledge and developing country is desirable. quality improvement projects in the hospital. I being in tropical countries. beautiful city! Awesome!!! “ comprehension of the preventive feel like I am having an impact by putting my • E nglish Language - IELTS with • E nable students to comprehend and — Dr Olawale Ogunlade, 2020 Master’s learning into practice straight away.” and curative management strategies an overall band score of 6.5 www.lstmed.ac.uk/study www.lstmed.ac.uk/study conduct health-related research. that promote child health and (and a minimum of 5.5 in all — Dr Nelly Dindi, 2018 Prospectus 2021/22 well-being in tropical countries. learning components). • Enable students to comprehend and “My time at LSTM has been enriching, it’s enriched my own Discover more about this programme Discover more about this programme conduct child health-related research. personal development, not just in my field, but also for my career, T: +44 (0) 151 702 9590 T: +44 (0) 151 702 9590 academics and leadership. 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