School students experience science first hand

This summer the University sponsored and hosted 15 students from schools in the Bristol and Bath area on the In2scienceUK scheme. This STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) placement scheme gives students from low income backgrounds the opportunity to experience research science first hand. 

During their two-week placement the students work alongside researchers in their labs, receive one-to-one support and find out about studying for a degree.

In2Science aims to support students from groups currently under-represented in higher education. Low income is a major factor in non-participation as the 2010 research from the Sutton Trust shows. They found that only 18% of pupils on free school meals progressed to higher education - much lower than the national average.

Now in its fourth year of operation In2scienceUK has grown in popularity and has supported over 150 students to obtain science placements and much needed advice.

Annette Hayton, Head of Widening Participation, with placement students Harry Bratchel and Bhawana Buiju

Amber Cradock from Writhlington school gained a research placement at the University in the Biology & Biochemistry department working in Professor Wonnacott's lab. She said: 'I really enjoyed my placement. It provided me with such a priceless experience and I learned so much. It has really got me thinking about what I really want to do at university.”

In2scienceUK's founder, Rebecca McKelvey said: 'The overall aim of the scheme is to increase the numbers of students from less well represented backgrounds going to University to study science. We support students by giving them opportunities such as placements and advice which they really need when competing for University places. This is support which they may not receive at home or school. To date around 80 per cent of students on the scheme successfully apply to a STEM degree at university.”

Annette Hayton, Head of Widening Participation at Bath, said: 'We are delighted to support In2Science placements. Our staff want to attract high achieving students from all backgrounds who can show they are really interested in their subject. An In2Science placement provides them with a great opportunity to find out more.'
The scheme is due to expand to other areas of the UK.

Anyone interested in placing a student should contact Rebecca McKelvey

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