UCL Division of Biosciences


In2Science students visit the Institute of Healthy Ageing

8 September 2021


In2scienceUK aims to provide young people from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to gain practical insight into the STEM sector as well as the knowledge and confidence to progress to university.  Each year nearly 500 students get the opportunity to take part in life-changing STEM placements, working alongside researchers and industry professionals to get hands-on STEM experience over the summer.

Nathan Woodling (PostDoc in Linda Partridge's groups at the IHA) mentors a group of three pre-A Level school students as part of the In2Science programme.  The students visited the IHA for one day experiencing the Fly labs in person.  They started the day with discussions around the research undertaken at the IHA with a focus on the fly labs in which Nathan works.  This was followed by a lab tour and some hands-on experience for the students in the fly labs.  

Evaluations have shown that young people in the programme have statistically significant increases in key indicators after the programme supporting their knowledge, skills and career progression.  Young people feel more connected to scientists/ engineers as well as gaining confidence in speaking and networking with STEM professionals and academics.