in2scienceUK is a nonprofit organisation which aims to support young people from low income backgrounds progress to university to study science, technology and engineering and maths (STEM) degrees and progress to careers in the STEM sector.
in2scienceUK was founded in 2010 by Rebecca McKelvey, who aimed to provide young people from low income backgrounds an opportunity to gain practical insight into the STEM sector as well as the knowledge and confidence to progress to University.
Each year in2scienceUK receives over 1000 student applications and aims to expand across the UK in the next 5 years. The programme operates a robust evaluation process to assess the impact of the programme. To date, 75% of participants progress onto STEM degrees. This is something we are proud of, as we are not a G&T programme and aim to take students of all levels studying STEM subjects.
Founder and CEO of In2scienceUK:
Dr Rebecca McKelvey
Rebecca was a Teach First teacher and Head of Science at a school in East London for 4 years. She also holds a PhD in neuroscience from UCL. Teaching and research gave her first-hand experience into the lack of opportunities and information on STEM careers that are available for students from poor backgrounds. Research in the UK shows that poor educational opportunities to engage in real science leads to long term educational and economic disadvantage (Wellcome Trust 2014). She realised that this could be changed by leveraging the expertise of STEM researchers and founded in2scienceUK. To date the programme has supported hundreds of young people from low income backgrounds with inspirational science placements and access high quality careers information and guidance.