The STEM Education organisation In2scienceUK has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
The Award recognises those who play a role in creating an inclusive and compassionate society by supporting socially disadvantaged individuals.
In2scienceUK provide a number of high impact programmes that empowers young people from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds to gain practical insight and opportunities into the STEM sector.
The work of In2scienceUK, and others, in encouraging a diverse range of people into Engineering is particularly important as young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face significant barriers to their progression in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees and careers.
Rebecca McKelvey, In2scienceUK CEO, explained that the organisation was “hugely proud to win the Queen’s Award that will enable In2scienceUK to further grow this high impact programme and ensure we leave no one behind. I would like to thank all of our supporters and volunteers who are committed to our mission and work with our young people year on year for their support. Together we are making the difference and empowering young people to achieve their potential”.
Disappointingly only 10% of life science professionals, 15% of academics and 6% of doctors come from working-class backgrounds.
Last year, In2science UK supported 567 young people in London, The South East, The South West and The East of England and this year they are now expanding to the Midlands and the North West and supporting over 720 young people across England out of over 1800 applications.