Springer Nature to sponsor six research scholars through In2scienceUK
London | New York | Berlin, 25 May 2022
Springer Nature has partnered with social mobility charity In2scienceUK to sponsor bursaries for six research students as part of a new programme that aims to support and empower people from low socio-economic backgrounds on the path to successful research careers. The programme, called In2research, also hopes to promote greater diversity and inclusion in the STEM sector as a whole.
The Springer Nature Research Scholars will participate in a free, year-long programme including PhD-access workshops, subject specific mentoring sessions, inspiring away days, and a Springer Nature funded 8 week research placement with top research institutions.
In2research takes place alongside the participants’ studies or work, and will provide the experiences needed to access postgraduate research degrees and careers. It also promotes institutional cultural change required to build a more inclusive, positive workplace for researchers through cultural literacy training, knowledge sharing on best practice and community support networking.
Commenting on the partnership, Joyce Lorigan, Group Head of Corporate Affairs at Springer Nature said:
“We are delighted to support In2scienceUK’s aim to make a future in STEM research available to everyone. The aims of In2research completely align with our ambition to open doors to discovery for all, and to widen access to STEM degrees and research careers for students from under-represented backgrounds. It’s so important we look to support researchers at the beginning of their career, but also look to address some of the further entrenched institutional issues through the cultural literacy training that In2scienceUK offers. We look forward to seeing what the Springer Nature Research Scholars achieve and supporting them in this important step.”
Colby Benari, CEO, In2scienceUK also commented:
“We are excited to be working in partnership with Springer Nature on the In2research programme, supporting many more people to achieve their potential and progress into exciting careers in research.”
Notes to Editors
In2scienceUK is a charity based in London founded in 2011 to help young people from low-income backgrounds progress to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers. The organisation works with A-level students who are recipients of free school meals and/or from families with no history of higher education in areas with limited career development opportunities. In2scienceUK promotes social mobility by enabling young people to work alongside STEM professionals and experts at some of the UK's most prestigious companies, research centres and higher education institutions. While on placement, young people undertake real research with their dedicated STEM host. Participants gain positive role models, attend workshops and skills days that develop professional skills, help with university applications, and receive professional interview training. Independent data analysis conducted by UCAS STROBE proves that young people that complete the programme are significantly more likely to progress to higher education than their peers on free school meals. In2scienceUK's mission is to promote greater diversity and inclusion in STEM by advancing the participation of underrepresented groups. In2scienceUK supports over 700 young people each year, and in total has worked with over 200 students from 400 schools and 1000 researchers from 50 institutions to improve the representation across the STEM sector. Follow In2scienceUK on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Find out more about the In2research programme by attending an information session from the In2scienceUK team. Apply to the In2research 2022 programme by visiting the application page on the In2scienceUK website.
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