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Pioneering UCL programme achieves silver award at UK Social Mobility Awards 2022

18 October 2022

In2research was a finalist and took home a silver award in the ‘Innovation’ category at the sixth annual UK Social Mobility Awards.

UCL received a silver award at the UK's Social Mobility Awards 2022

The In2research programme aims to improve access to research study and academic careers for people from under-represented groups. The pre-doctoral programme looks to overcome barriers that impact students’ opportunity to participate in postgraduate research.

UCL received a £790,000 grant this year from the Office for Students and Research England to focus on improving access to research study for Black and minority ethnic participants from low-income backgrounds.

In2research is an initiative of social mobility charity In2scienceUK, founded by Dr Rebecca McElvey in 2010. The UCL startup was founded with support from UCL Innovation & Enterprise, with the goal of providing young people from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds practical insight into the STEM sector as well as the knowledge and confidence to progress to university.

The programme is delivered in collaboration with university and third sector partners including City University of London, University of Cambridge, Leading Routes, UK-Pakistan Science & Global Innovation Network and UCL Students’ Union.

Professor Geraint Rees, UCL Vice-Provost (Research, Innovation and Global Engagement) said: “We are honoured to be recognised for our participation in the In2research programme, and I’d like to extend my congratulations to the project team.

"UCL is committed to addressing inequality in higher education and tackling the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study is a central part of that. Programmes like In2research are vital if we’re going to address the systemic barriers to research careers and ensure a diverse, representative talent base for the future.”

The UK Social Mobility Awards were set up to recognise organisations that are prioritising social mobility, for example through recruitment processes and progression programmes, outreach within the local community, or by developing innovative ways to create change. They are organised by leading societal change charity, Making The Leap, who support thousands of young people from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds each year.

Tunde Banjoko OBE, Founder of The UK Social Mobility Awards, added: “The UK Social Mobility Awards is a vehicle to raise awareness of social mobility and showcases the individuals and organisations who are dedicated to its advancement.

"The number and quality of entries we received for this year’s awards is an indication of the increasing significance of social mobility to UK business. I would like to congratulate all the inspiring organisations and individuals who took home a trophy this year. All the UK Social Mobility Awards finalists are making a tangible difference to social mobility in this country and this recognition is extremely well-deserved.”



UK Social Mobility Awards