Improving diversity and social mobility


In order to reach out and encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider a career in our profession we have partnered with a specialist organisation called In2Science.

The In2scienceUK programme provides disadvantaged Year 12 students with the support, skills and experience needed to achieve their potential and progress to degrees, apprenticeships and careers in STEM.  

What can you do to create a lasting impact on the lives of young people?

Online Workshop: Offer a 45 minute online workshop for the participating young people over the summer. We will support you. If you are interested please download more workshop information here.

Work Placement: Offer to  host a fully supported work placement for 1 or 2 weeks over the summer. Many STP trainees have done relevant work experience and say that's what motivated them to become clinical scientists.  However most underprivileged students do not have access to work experiences as they or their parents don't have the personal connections which are often required to obtain them. If you are interested please download more placement information here 

By volunteering you will:

  • Make a real difference to the prospects of disadvantaged students
  • Receive expert training and support from experienced and friendly staff throughout  - including suggested activities of what to do with the students
  • Gain skills and experience communicating with young people and online teaching
  • Promote diversity and inclusion in STEM by sharing your knowledge and experience with underrepresented students
  • Enable students to meet scientists and experience work environments they wouldn't normally have access to during a one week placement in the summer 

To give you an idea of who we are trying to reach with this programme - in 2021 the participating students' characteristics were:

  • 70% are in receipt of free school meals
  • 82% have parents with no Higher Education qualifications
  • 72% of the young people in the 2021 cohort are from BAME backgrounds
  • 71% are female and 29% are male