UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Widening Participation

These case studies demonstrate just a selection of the fantastic engagement happening across the Institute. Read on to find out more and learn how you can get involved.

Social Mobility Foundation programme improves access to scientific careers for low-SES students at UCL Institute of Neurology

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds.

To promote the efforts of the programme,  David Blundred, Education Manager at IoN, has engaged in work experience events such as a three-day placement activity for 50 students on the SMF programme held on 30th July-1st August 2018; and developed and produced YouTube videos with students and clinicians. This follows on from summer 2017, when a total of 36 Year 12 students on the SMF Programme undertook two three-day placements.

In2science Placement Program

Over the summer, researchers from the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (WCHN) hosted six A-level students through the program In2Science. The In2science program empowers students from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential through STEM based work placements.

During their placement, the students worked with two research groups each, covering a range of research including physics, medicine and psychiatry. Speakers from across the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology also presented to the students in focused sessions to attempt to illustrate the breadth of research within Queen Square.

The researchers thoroughly enjoyed the experience and found it extremely rewarding. Andrea Gajardo Vidal, PhD student at WHN, hosted three of the students, “They were incredibly smart and talented students. We found it a rewarding and positive experience”

This has been the first year that the Centre has hosted students, and after such positive feedback from both students and researchers, it will be sure to host more students in 2019.

in2science group

in2science group


Related opportunities

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