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NEWS

UK teen researchers share findings with peers and the wider scientific community

June 2022

UK teen researchers make their way to venues in Bradford, Edinburgh and London for the annual IRIS Student Conferences.

COMMENT

Widening STEM access is necessary and far from impossible

May 2022

Controversial comments from the social mobility tsar aside, STEM has a diversity problem and there’s plenty we can do about it.

Jo Foster
COMMENT

I am not ‘totally fine’ that only 16% of girls study Physics

May 2022

IRIS director responds to UK Social Mobility Commissioner’s claim that girls do not choose physics A-level because they dislike “hard maths”.

NEWS

The National Research and Innovation Accelerator – our plan to open up science for young people

April 2022

Embedding a culture of research and innovation in schools is key to securing the UK’s leadership in STEM. This is our plan to help schools to get there.

Jo Foster
COMMENT

Apprenticeship reform starts with the school calendar

March 2022

If the UK is to realise the true potential of STEM apprenticeship, reform is needed. Jo Foster argues that companies must kickstart change by aligning the apprenticeship cycle with the school calendar.

COMMENT

For young people to ‘get’ STEM, they must see the real-world applications

March 2022

To get more students studying #STEM, we need to engage them and demonstrate the real-world applications of science, argues Sean O’Sullivan from biotechnology company Illumina.

NEWS

It’s all materials (science) – Students showcase their DNA designs to leading scientists at the University of Leeds

January 2022

Teens are given a chance to share their research with their peers and leading materials scientists.

 

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