Project to explore widening participation in higher education


The Royal Society of Chemistry is looking for a social science research group to study the success of a widening participation initiative.

Expressions of interest are sought from experienced teams to assist with the evaluation of a five year programme of chemistry activities for secondary school students. The activities will present chemistry in a way that allows students from low participation backgrounds to make informed choices about studying chemical science subjects at university.

The chosen research group will advise the RSC in the choice of activity providers, assist in the design of the project and assess the impact of the interventions over time.

The research will form a key part of the RSC’s Talent Pipeline Project. The project proposes to explore the barriers to a chemistry undergraduate population that reflects that of the wider population. The aim is to influence the UK government, and UK and school leadership, towards more effective practice.

The RSC is asking teams to submit their expressions of interest by 30 November 2013 – for further information see the pdf download on this page. A separate call for providers of chemistry outreach work has been published.