Encouraging diversity in physics and engineering in medicine

In order to reach out and encourage students from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider a career in our profession we have partnered with a specialist organisation called In2Science. 

The In2scienceUK programme provides disadvantaged Year 12 students with the support, skills and experience needed to achieve their potential and progress to degrees, apprenticeships and careers in STEM.  

Many STP trainees have done relevant work experience and say that's what motivated them to become clinical scientists.  However most underprivileged students do not have access to work experiences as they or their parents don't have the personal connections which are often required to obtain them.  In2Science overcomes this by connecting these students to volunteers from different fields within STEM .

To give you an idea of who we are trying to reach with this programme - in 2021 the participating students' characteristics were:

  • 70% are in receipt of free school meals
  • 82% have parents with no Higher Education qualifications
  • 72% of the young people in the 2021 cohort are from BAME backgrounds
  • 71% are female and 29% are male

Could you consider making a difference?  With full training and support you could create a lasting impact on the lives of young people and be the role model you would have wanted at their age. By volunteering you will:

  • Make a real difference to the prospects of disadvantaged students
  • Receive expert training and support from experienced and friendly staff throughout  - including suggested activities of what to do with the students
  • Gain skills and experience communicating with young people and online teaching
  • Promote diversity and inclusion in STEM by sharing your knowledge and experience with underrepresented students
  • Enable students to meet scientists and experience work environments they wouldn't normally have access to during a one week placement in the summer 

If you are interested please download more details here 

If you don't think that this year, due to Covid restrictions and challenges, you can host a one week placement but are interested in getting involved there are other ways such as online career talks to the cohort for example. 

In2Science is also considering developing a more hybrid approach with some more online mentoring and shorter work visits, maybe on weekends?  If you think you could help developing this or if you have any questions please get in touch with eva@ipem.ac.uk 





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