Building a more inclusive and diverse chemical sciences community inspired us to start the Broadening Horizons programme. As we near the end of the first year of our three-year pilot, it seems like a suitable time to reflect on some of our cohort's experiences.
We are taking active steps to support chemistry students and graduates from minoritised racial and ethnic backgrounds to pursue careers in chemistry.
Our Missing Elements research in March 2022 showed that talented Black chemists leave the profession at every stage of their career path after undergraduate studies. People from Black and minoritised ethnicities are underrepresented at senior levels in industry and academia.
Broadening Horizons aims to change this. One of its key benefits is giving participants chance to explore a range of opportunities, experiencing industrial research and work environments first-hand by visiting partner company sites. These visits have been offered by all of our 10 partner companies for this year’s cohort, from some of the most promising SMEs in our sector to the biggest companies in the world.
The 2022-2023 cohort has been a huge success, and with applications for 2023-2024 now closed, numbers for the second cohort – which will run from June 2023 until summer 2024 – are also looking very promising.
Here, some of this year's group have reflected on a busy and productive year working with us and our partner companies.