for RIS

Are you ready for a new, exciting and rewarding challenge?

The Researchers in Schools programme will support you to become an excellent secondary school teacher and maximise the benefits that having a PhD brings to your new career.

You will use your highly sought-after subject knowledge and understanding of higher education to help more young people from underrepresented backgrounds progress to university. As part of our two-year programme, you’ll receive:

  • A dedicated programme officer to support you to transition into teaching and help you maximise your impact
  • Support to complete our fully-funded Research Leader in Education award
  • Protected time to develop and deliver research-informed projects and activities for your pupils and colleagues
  • Access to generous funding whilst you train

Watch our two-minute intro to the Researchers in Schools programme

You can stay up to date by registering your interest, or find out more by exploring the site

Hear from our participants

You can find out more about our participants’ projects, experiences and impact on the programme in the sections below.

Alex McGaw, Mathematics Teacher

Alex joined the programme as a member of our 2018 cohort. He completed his PhD in Pure Maths at the University of Manchester and now works as a Maths teacher at Essa Academy in Bolton.

Alex has covered advanced topics which pupils generally struggle with, including transformations of graphs, trigonometric graphs, and proofs. He ran 8 classes for a specifically targeted 8-10 pupils. Alex also organised and ran the national UKMT intermediate and junior Mathematics challenges. His Uni Pathways project focused on how Google Maps plans routes.

Paulina Guerrero Gutiérrez, Biology Teacher

Paulina completed her PhD in Science Education at Kings College London and and now works as a teacher of Biology at Debden Park High School in Essex.

Using her links to the academic world, Paulina has created the “Skype a Scientist” sessions. Once a term, a Skype call has been set up in order to present people of different backgrounds and at different stages in their careers so that students realise that the scientific community is diverse, and allows them to consider this as a path for themselves in the future.

Participant Case Studies

You can read about more on our participants, their backgrounds and how they have added value to their school in our series of case study documents.

You can access these case studies by clicking on the buttons below.

How you can find out more


Register your interest and explore our website

We recommend you explore the website to find out more about the various aspects of the programme.

To keep up to date with applications for 2021, you can fill out our brief registration of interest form below. You can also sign up to a free webinar which offers an overview of the programme, as well as a Q&A session.

Get in contact with our recruitment team

If you have questions about starting an application, or you’re not sure if the programme is for you, you can view a list of frequently asked eligibility questions here.

If you’re unsure how our eligibility criteria apply to you, or you have any other questions, you can email us or call us on 0208 194 1629.

Expression of Interest

You can register your interest in the RIS programme here. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact us at or 0208 194 1629.
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