Unit and in2scienceUK bringing STEM work placements back to Oxford

Unit and in2scienceUK bringing STEM work placements back to Oxford

We are pleased to announce that the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit is partnering again with the award-winning charity in2scienceUK to support a unique work-experience placement scheme for local school pupils who are considering higher education and careers in science, technology and engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

This year’s placement scheme builds on the successes of the inaugural pilot scheme that was co-devised and hosted by the Unit in 2016, as part of its flourishing Outreach Programme. This summer, the Unit will again host 5 pupils from state-funded schools across the city of Oxford. During their time in the Unit, the pupils will receive personalised mentoring from Unit scientists, and will be given opportunities to gain a wide variety of practical experiences as well as exposure to key concepts and challenges in neuroscience and medical research. In a series of integrated workshops with in2scienceUK, the pupils will also receive guidance on University applications, wider information about STEM careers, and training in transferable skills.

Unit Deputy Director Professor Peter Magill commented “We are delighted to be working again with in2scienceUK. Last year’s placement scheme - a first for Oxford - was a huge success, and we are pleased to have paved the way for increased uptake of the scheme across the University this summer. We look forward to playing our part in widening access and participation in STEM.”

The progress and activities of our in2scienceUK placement students can be followed on our Twitter account.