From Tuesday the 20th of September until Friday the 2nd of December, the Centre for Clinical Informatics (CCI) participated in UTC Cambridge’s Clinical Trial Challenge. Sixth form students at UTC Cambridge were taught about the research cycle, ethics in research, public involvement in research, quantitative analysis, and the theory and practice of qualitative research. The students then collected and analysed qualitative data related to how their peers understood consent in research studies, research study participation, and how they made important decisions for themselves. The students also collected data on how their peers understood the transition from their parents having to provide consent for them to participate in research studies when they were under 16 years old, to their ability to consent for themselves at 16 and older; and their feelings on how anonymized patient medical records could be used in research. Some students also chose to partake in a metabolic study with the Clinical Research Facility at Addenbrooke’s hospital, and then volunteered to discuss their experiences as research participants. The students will present the data they gathered from their peers with scientific posters at a parent-teacher evening on the 15th of December at UTC Cambridge. The Clinical Trial Challenge was coordinated by Karen Hlaba of CCI and Laura Atkin of UTC Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr Lydia Drumright of CCI and Dr Alistair Easterfield of UTC Cambridge.