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 2019

in2 science program students
For the second year in a row, the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging (WCHN) hosted 6 In2Science students for 2 weeks. The In2science program empowers students from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential through STEM based work placements. WCHN had a total of 4 research groups hosting students and at least 20 individual researchers from WCHN and Queen Square more broadly getting involved, whether that be hosting students themselves, giving talks, workshops, or running their projects with students.
"We had a great time hosting Patrick, Joana, Maleeha, Sue-Marie, Courtney and Kamran and were sad to say goodbye"

On their last day, students each gave a 5 minute presentation on their time here, and gave their feedback on the placement. Their feedback was really positive, for example:

“I wish the placement was longer!”, “I don’t think I could have had a better experience” “I think anyone could benefit from the placement whether or not you want to study neuroscience”.

This follows on from summer 2018, when WCHN researchers also hosted six A-level students through the program. During that 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.

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

in2science group

in2science group


Related opportunities

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