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.
Elena Di Giorgi
Elena has been working in the social sector for ten years in Italy, South America and now in the UK.
In her last job, she oversaw international projects, coordinating volunteers and partners working with young people and local communities. She says about her role ‘I love being able to see clearly the impact of our work every day and knowing that we are changing students’ lives.
Stephen has over six years’ experience delivering new innovations with both non-profits and start-ups, including developing healthcare and educational mobile applications in East Africa, and working with an Oxford University spin-out on world first medical technology. He has always been actively involved in both formal and informal education, having worked in the sciences in schools in the UK, as well as developing education for employment initiatives with disadvantaged youth and vulnerable adults. It is a passion for engagement with innovation, improving social mobility and supporting young people to achieve, that led Stephen to join in2ScienceUK in 2019
Luke develops partnerships between in2scienceUK and the wider business and STEM community and is in charge of implementing our new development and fundraising strategy.
Meera Chadha – Chair of Trustees
Meera has spent over 10 years working with commercial, non-profit, social enterprise and public sector organisations to increase their scale, impact and operational efficiency. She currently leads a number of operational and strategic projects at Ark, an education charity and Academy chain. She started her career as a management consultant at Ernst & Young, and has since led programmes at Nesta, Future First and the London Early Years Foundation.
Professor Geraint Rees
Geraint is Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at UCL and a former Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, a world-leading centre for research on mental processes in the human brain. He is a cognitive neuroscientist and his Wellcome Trust funded work has been recognised by award of the Royal Society Francis Crick medal and election to the Academy of Medical Sciences. Geraint is also member of the Executive Team of the Francis Crick Institute and a Director of UCL Business.
Lila has taught and managed science courses for over thirty years in the post sixteen sector where her work focused on supporting students from low income backgrounds. She also worked as a Tutor Counsellor for the Open University and as a Foundation Programme Manager at South Bank University.
Dr Kate Hamblin
Kate received PhD from the University of Bath and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing where she works on a variety of projects including outreach programmes where she evaluates longitudinal impact.
James is Group Head of Communications at Nord Anglia Education. He is a senior communications leader with extensive experience of delivering strategic communications and sustainability programmes that enhance the corporate reputation and strengthen stakeholder engagement.
Gillian Channer is a Divisional Director at Capita Plc and a qualified Executive Coach with extensive experience in Information Technology leading organisational change programmes to accelerate international growth and performance, and driving digital transformation through consolidation, standardisation and automation. This is underpinned by a passion to develop individuals and teams to achieve their potential using advanced coaching and behavioural change approaches, and leading programmes to help nurture tomorrow’s leaders.
Professor John Mitchell
John is Vice-Dean Education in the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences and a Professor of Communications Systems Engineering. He is also Co-Director of the Centre for Engineering Education which aims to improve the education of engineers and to encourage more young people to study and take careers in engineering.
Professor Vicky Pope
Vicky had a long and successful career in the UK Met Office in a variety of roles – as a climate science researcher, programme manager, communicator of publicly important science and partnership developer. She is now building a portfolio career focussing on issues that she cares about and where she can make a tangible difference. These issues include: protecting and enhancing the environment, improving scientific literacy in decision making (noting that even the current science minister in the UK is a historian) and improved access to STEM careers. She is keen to support In2Science in giving young people some of the opportunities she was able to give her own children.