In2research Volunteers

Building inclusive pathways to research careers

In2research is a one-year access programme developed by In2scienceUK and UCL designed to enhance access to postgraduate research degrees and career opportunities for people from low socio-economic backgrounds and under-represented groups. The programme supports widening participation in research through workshops, mentoring, professional development away days and an eight-week research placement. In order to run the programme, we need help from brilliant volunteers like you!

Volunteer on our 2024/25 programme!

Why is In2research needed?

In2research works with people from low socio-economic and under-represented backgrounds to address the three main barriers they face when accessing postgraduate research (PGR) study: 

Knowledge and information

We aim to demystify research by providing information on the pathways to research careers, such as how to apply for postgraduate research study and funding, and providing skills workshops in areas including interview skills and networking skills.

Lack of experience relevant to postgraduate careers

Postgraduate research study programmes often demand substantial research experience. As many internships are unpaid, accessing such experience is challenging for our participants. In2research provides an eight-week research placement with a tax-free stipend exceeding £3,000.

Research culture and wellbeing

We recognise the significant unconscious and conscious biases that exist within institutions. We provide a tailored race and cultural literacy workshop for all volunteers to promote a more inclusive and welcoming workplace.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

Volunteering as an In2research Placement Host and/or Mentor not only contributes to improving access to research but will also deliver benefits to you, allowing you to:

Gain knowledge and skills

Through our high-quality race and cultural literacy workshop for Placement Hosts and Mentors, designed in collaboration with Leading Routes and UPSIGN.

Measure your impact

With our impact reports, designed for use in departmental REF reporting and applications.

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Sharpen supervision and mentoring skills

As a Placement Host or Mentor, you’ll have the opportunity to further develop your supervision and mentoring skills, enhancing potential future opportunities in teaching or supervising.

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Inspire the next generation of researchers

Demonstrate your commitment to taking concrete action to champion diversity in research, helping us to break down barriers and build research pipelines which are accessible to all.

How can I volunteer?

In2research supports participants interested in a broad range of subjects in STEM, Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences. If you’re a researcher as passionate about widening participation in research as we are, you can support our mission to improve access to research by volunteering as an In2research Placement Host and/or Mentor.

Volunteer on our 2024/25 programme!

Programme timeline

26 July 2024

Placement Host applications close

13 September 2024

Mentor applications close

October 2024

Participant applications are reviewed, applicants are interviewed by the In2research team

November 2024

Participants accepted onto the programme and matched with Mentor and Placement Host

Mentor Induction and Race and Cultural Literacy workshop

In-person away day for participants

December 2024 – April 2025

Four online skills workshops and four small group mentoring sessions delivered for participants

January 2025

Placement Host Induction and Race and Cultural Literacy workshop

March 2025

Participants submit their CVs and personal statements for placements

March – April 2025

Participants have a mock placement interview with Placement Host

April 2025

Placement details confirmed

Summer (June – August 2025)*

Full-time, eight-week research placement.
*exact dates agreed by Placement Host and participant

September 2025

In-person away day and conference-style Celebration Event for volunteers and participants

Volunteer Information Sessions

Find out more about volunteering on the 2024/25 In2research programme by attending one of our upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions:

  • Wednesday 5 June: 11:00-11:30 AM
  • Tuesday 18 June: 12:00-12:30 PM
  • Thursday 4 July: 2:00-2:30 PM
  • Wednesday 17 July: 10:00-10:30 AM

Each session will be 30 minutes long, including a 20 minute presentation and 10 minute Q&A. These are free to attend and open to all. Registration is now open!

In2research programme impact

Data from our programme evaluations and the feedback we’ve received from both In2research participants and volunteers helps evidence the effectiveness of our programme in providing improved access to postgraduate study for individuals from low socio-economic and under-represented backgrounds. 

Click here to read our 2023 impact report!

Hear from our volunteers and participants…

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It was very rewarding to help students explore career options and navigate aspects of academic research that we take for granted. Experiencing research through their eyes also renewed my excitement about science and reinforced my reasons for pursuing this degree.”

Shanice BaileyIn2research Mentor

“I’ve benefited from a boost to my career and research by enabling me to sharpen my teaching abilities, develop leadership skills and communicate clearly why my research is important. It has also been a joy to work with somebody so bright and enthusiastic who asks refreshingly great questions..”

Stephen TerryIn2research Placement Host

“I grew up in Devon, in a single-parent family of 5, and had Free School Meals for my entire schooling. I wanted to look into going into research but I didn’t know what that looked like. At university that world seemed closed off. I received invaluable support from my In2research Mentor. She supported me through every part of the application process for a fully-funded, four-year MRes and PhD opportunity. I was so surprised to be successfully offered a place starting this next academic year! I wouldn’t have applied at all if I didn’t do In2research

KendallIn2research Participant
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“If someone had told me to write a PhD application, or write an academic CV –  I would have really struggled. But thanks to In2research now I know how!This year I received offers from the University of Oxford and UCL for my Master’s, and In2research definitely helped that to happen. Having completed the programme, I can now network with professionals in these environments and, now, I definitely see myself in academia.”

ChloeIn2research Participant
Volunteer on our 2024/25 programme!

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