The Royal Society commits its support to In2scienceUK

Thanks to the generous support from The Royal Society, we are able to expand our innovative In2research Programme, and offer 100 places to participants on this year’s programme. 

This inspiring research focused programme co-founded with UCL empowers people from low socio-economic backgrounds on the path to successful research careers. Participants engage in PhD access workshops, away days that build the in2research community, alongside a unique mentoring scheme led by leading researchers. Participants also gain fully funded 8-week research placements at top research institutions. 

Dr Rebecca McKelvey, Founder of In2scienceUK, commented on the partnership: 

“We are delighted to be receiving vital support from the Royal Society. This partnership will support people who are smart, interested, and passionate to progress to research careers and help us shape a more equal future in the health, technology, engineering, and maths of our society.”

The In2research programme was created to directly address the long-running problem of underrepresentation of people from low socio-economic backgrounds in academia, medicine, and science. Just 10% of life science professionals, 15% of academics and 6% of doctors come from working class backgrounds.

Professor Jeremy Sanders, Chair of the Royal Society Diversity and Inclusion Committee, commented:

“I am proud to be able to announce the Royal Society’s support for the In2research initiative. It builds on our long-running partnership with In2scienceUK and will give even more talented young scientists the support and experience they need to continue to a PhD and kick-start exciting research careers of their own. It’s often said, in science, as in many other fields, talent is evenly distributed but opportunity is not.

By drawing on the expertise of the Royal Society’s grant holders and Fellowship, I hope we can give more young scientists a taste of where research careers can lead and inspire them to pursue unanswered questions and fields.”

Thank you to The Royal Society