Why We Exist

The Crisis


Educational inequality in the UK is a reality. Despite sustained efforts to widen participation, HEFCE data indicates that the absolute disparities in Higher Education participation between advantaged and disadvantaged areas remain large. Advantaged 18 year-olds are two and half times more likely to enter higher education and six times more likely to study at a university that has high entry requirements, than disadvantaged 18 year-olds. It has been established beyond doubt that GCSE attainment and ethnic profile are not the only barriers for poor social mobility of young people into HE.

50% young school goers ‘not likely at all’ to ever apply to a university
50%

young school goers ‘not likely at all’ to ever apply to a university

65% feel financial barrier was not the main reason for not applying to university
65%

feel financial barrier was not the main reason for not applying to university

60% do not have access to any form of careers advice
60%

do not have access to any form of careers advice

64% did not want to study for a science degree
64%

did not want to study for a science degree


In today’s world, success often depends on who you know and access to information and resources. There are currently 3.7 million children in the UK who are deprived of basic facilities such as heating and nutritious food, let alone proper education and career guidance. A small percentage of disadvantaged young people who make an effort to build a successfully future, suffer from “cultural barriers” and lack the confidence as well as resources to embark on their journey.
While there has been increasing financial and academic support to disadvantaged young people, there are no interventions or bespoke training programmes to help them –

Make informed decisions about future

Understand what a research intensive university can offer

Access to careers information from professionals employed in the field

Why We Exist

Often in life, success depends on how much your parents earn and who you know. We strongly believe that all children should have an equal start in life, no matter where they come from.

Scientists & Co. will go that extra mile to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds learn about science, and have the opportunity to gain exciting experiences and build successful scientific careers. We will achieve this goal by designing and implementing unique programmes and skills-based workshops for disadvantaged children to inspire them, their aspirations and most importantly, give them the confidence to pursue their dreams.