This blog aims to showcase the diverse work of students participating in the in2scienceUK STEM work placement scheme.
in2scienceUK was founded in 2010 by Rebecca McKelvey, a Neuroscience PhD student at University College London, inspired by her previous work as a TeachFirst science teacher in a challenging London school. During her PhD studies, she met many work experience students, however none of them were from low-income backgrounds. Sutton Trust statistics show that whilst 96% of students from independent schools go to university, this drops to only 16% for students eligible for free school meals.
In 2014, Rebecca and Angela (a fellow UCL PhD student) have expanded the scheme to place over 100 talented future scientists in research-intensive institutions including UCL, King’s College London, Imperial, the Natural History Museum, and the University of Bath.