About Us


We exist to unlock the potential of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and boost diversity and inclusion in the sector to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of STEM industries. Established in 2010, In2scienceUK is committed to providing valuable STEM opportunities for young individuals from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds. Founded by Dr. Rebecca McKelvey, our mission is to offer practical insights into STEM fields, fostering knowledge and confidence to empower participants.

Our Programmes

Annually, we receive over 2,000 student applications, providing over 700 individuals with transformative STEM placement opportunities each year. Collaborating closely with researchers and industry professionals, students gain hands-on experience beyond the classroom.

Notably, 95% of programme participants have pursued STEM degrees—a testament to our commitment to inclusivity. In2scienceUK welcomes students of all levels studying STEM subjects, regardless of their background or academic standing.

Our Mission and Vision

Poverty and social background are huge barriers to progressing to careers within STEM. If students don’t receive the right guidance and support through their schools and personal networks, they may never consider pursuing a career within this sector. By giving students from disadvantaged backgrounds high-quality opportunities and support at the start of their career journey, In2scienceUK empowers them to achieve their potential and become the next generation of researchers, innovators and pioneers.

How we’re improving access to STEM Careers

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Increases the pipeline of UK STEM

There is an annual shortfall of 40,000 STEM skilled workers with the number of future technical jobs forecast to increase (UK Commission for Employment and Skills Report, 2017). Increasing the numbers of disadvantaged students in STEM careers is vital for the UK’s economic competitiveness (Broughton, 2013).

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Promotes social mobility

As STEM workers typically earn 20% more than in other fields, getting more young people from low-income backgrounds into these professions promotes social mobility and fights economic inequality (Greenwood et al., 2011).

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Builds a more diverse workforce

Businesses with diverse and inclusive cultures perform better financially, reduce staff turnover, and maintain increased creativity and problem solving capacity (Desvaux et al., 2007; Forbes Insights, 2011).

Increases science capital

Increases science capital

There are economic, political and social benefits to increasing science capital in all sectors of the UK. In this technological age, it is vital that all people have the tools to communicate effectively, assess complex information and distinguish fact from fiction.