In2scienceUK wins Queen’s Awards of Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity

In2scienceUK is incredibly honoured and thrilled to be honored with the UK’s most prestigious business award — the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The Queen’s Awards recognises those who play a role in creating an inclusive and compassionate society by supporting socially disadvantaged individuals to develop their skills and chances of finding work. At In2scienceUK, we are delighted to have received the award and will wear the badge with pride. Read the full Press Release below:

In2ScienceUK’s mission is to promote social mobility and diversity in science, technology, engineering and maths. They do this through a high impact programme that empowers young people from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds to gain practical insight and opportunities into the STEM sector. The charity has been honoured with a Queen’s Award of Enterprise for Promoting Opportunity through social mobility, the highest achievement for British businesses.

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face significant barriers to their progression in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers. In fact, only 10% of life science professionals, 15% of academics and 6% of doctors come from working class backgrounds. In2scienceUK leverages the passion and expertise of top science and engineering professionals to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential through life-changing work placements, skills days and workshops.

In 2020, In2science UK supported 567 young people in London, The South East, The South West and The East of England. This year In2scienceUK is expanding to the Midlands and the North West and supporting over 720 young people across England out of over 1800 applications. The expansion across England and the number of young people is thanks to the generous support of many partners and funders led by the Cadent Foundation, University College London and University Birmingham.

Rebecca McKelvey (CEO of In2scienceUK) reacts: “We are hugely proud to win the Queen’s Award that will enable In2scienceUK to further grow this high impact programme and ensure we leave no one behind. I would like to thank all of our supporters and volunteers who are committed to our mission and work with our young people year on year for their support. Together we are making the difference and empowering young people to achieve their potential.”

Download the Press Release here