Academic Research Society


Welcome to Barts Academic Research Society (BARS)!

BARS is a student-led society committed to raise awareness and promote research opportunities. As part of that, we aim to proactively engage the student body, provide the fundamental skills and knowledge required for research, and bridge the gap between medical as well as dental students and physician-scientists for a simpler and more equal access to research at Barts and The London.

We provide support for various research-related academic tasks set by Barts and The London in the form of crash courses, lectures and workshops. Our successful Research Foundation Course will continue this year where essential academic writing techniques will be taught and you will hear from established academics' advices to help you make it into the world of research, even if you are an absolute beginner!

BARS are affiliated with the National Student Association of Medical Research (NSAMR) (, a national student-led organisation that aims to encourage and support students in pursuit of a career in academic medicine.


Awarded ‘Most Improved Society 2015-2016’ at The Association Dinner 2016.

Awarded 'Silver Award Winner 2020-2021'. 

Awarded 'Gold Trophy 2021-22' and 'Academic Event Of The Year' award

Follow and like us for our latest news on the society, research opportunities, events, both internal and external, and more! Memberships start at £1!

Stay posted for our brand new 2023-24 programme on our Instagram @blresearchsoc and don’t miss out!


The 2023/2024 BARS Committee:

  • President: Aleksandra Laguna
  • Vice President: Aatir Syed Saadqain
  • Treasurer: Omar Ahmed
  • Secretary: Jordanna Ghebremeskel
  • Academic Officer: Bishoy Yassa
  • Publicity Officer: Neaka Jeyakumar
  • Research Foundation Course Lead: Nafisa Islam
  • Networking Lead: Evangelia Giannas
  • Clinical Rep: Sanjali Ahuja & Amelia Ainul
  • Pre-clinical Rep: Patricia Britto
  • Welfare Rep: Naz Ismail

If you have any questions feel free to drop us a message. We'll be posting about our upcoming events and opportunities soon!

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