Host FAQs

Everything you need to know so you can get involved with the In2scienceUK programme right away.

Please see the 2020 Programme Information page for changes to the programme in light of Covid-19.

When are the placements and how long do they last?
Can I host a student with somebody else or as a lab?
How are students selected?
Do I need a DBS check?
Are these only STEM placements?
Does the student need an individual project?
If the student has downtime in the lab, what should they do?
I don’t work in an area currently covered by In2scienceUK, can I still host a student?

When are the placements and how long do they last?

The average length of a placement is 2 weeks during the student’s summer holiday (any time between July 24th and August 31st). You choose the start date. A day usually starts at 10:30am and finishes at 4pm.

Can I host a student with somebody else or as a lab?

Absolutely, we have many hosts that choose to host a student/students alongside other researchers. We will need a single main point of contact/host to sign up via the online form. We do ask that you inform us during the application for the names of other the hosts in case we need to carry out DBS checks, and so we can invite them to our fantastic celebration days.

How are students selected?

Each student is shortlisted and interviewed before a placement. Our selection criteria are based on new data published by the DfE which identifies those most under-represented at university and in STEM and research careers. 

Core Criteria:

  • Students must be currently attending a non-selective and state-funded school.
  • Students must be 16 years old or over and a current year 12 student or equivalent.
  • Students must be studying at least one STEM-related A-Level, BTEC or equivalent. 
  • Students must be within one hour commute of their placement location.

Additional Criteria:

To be considered for our shortlist, students must meet a minimum of one of the following criteria. (These may differ depending on region)

  • Be a recipient of Free School Meals (FSM) in year 11, or at sixth form.
  • Be a current recipient of EMA or Pupil Premium.
  • Currently, live in a POLAR Q1 area. Learn more about POLAR data.
  • Have parents or carers who have no higher education degree.

Do I need a DBS check?

Most of our hosts do not require any further DBS checks to participate in the programme. Whether you need additional checks depends on the work being carried out and whether the placement will require lone-working with the student. If you are unsure, we ask that you get in touch with your local officer.

DBS checks can be carried out simply, but we ask that you reach out as early as possible to ensure that we are able to process these before the start of the placement. Many hosts are already covered by existing checks so please contact HR or your department to find out before you get in touch.

Are these only STEM placements? 

We particularly want to encourage young people to get into research careers. Therefore, any placement you can offer within a research team (e.g. epidemiology) is something we’d like to organise.

Does the student need an individual project? 

As the placement is only 2 weeks, students will usually work alongside you on your current project. We like the students to participate in as much practical work as possible. For more ideas about what you can do with your student please download our Host Booklet. (anchor link to resource on Host – our programme page).

If the student has downtime in the lab, what should they do? 

Every student is given a workbook containing reading and writing tasks to complete during the placement. Students will need to complete a short blog, start their personal statement and enter our image and public engagement competitions.

We also encourage students to go to museums which may be close by for at least one afternoon. For more ideas about what you can do with your student please download our Host Booklet. (anchor link to resource on Host – our programme page).

I don’t work in an area currently covered by In2scienceUK, can I still host a student?

In2scienceUK are always looking to reach out to provide more students across the UK with the opportunity to take part in life-changing experiences. We ask anyone who would like to host a student who doesn’t currently work in an area currently covered by In2scienceUK to fill out our online application. We will then review these and get in touch if we believe that it is possible to host a student in the region.

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