What does the programme entail?
We work together with leading companies in the chemical sciences to provide the opportunities that will help students and graduates from minoritised racial and ethnic backgrounds find – and ultimately thrive in – their career paths within the chemical sciences.
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If selected as a successful applicant, you will begin your Broadening Horizons programme by attending the Taster Event (taking place 19-21 June 2024 in Manchester). Attendance is required, as the Taster Event will sets the scene for the whole rest of the year-long programme, introducing you to the partner companies and the range of careers available in the chemical sciences. You will also meet the rest of the cohort and together participate in professional development sessions, building the support network and strong foundation of skills required to make the most out of the opportunities provided. At this event, we'll explore the range of careers available in the chemical sciences and introduce the participating partner companies.
I loved getting to meet all the companies, and participants of the programme (networking). The networking felt very natural and not forced. Everyone was very friendly and easygoing. There was a good atmosphere which made networking very easy and enjoyable. All the different workshops were very informative and enjoyable.
Following the Taster Event, participants have the chance to:
- Attend Site Visits hosted by the partner companies and experience an industrial research environment first-hand
- Sign up for a tailored mentoring programme to receive individual support from a mentor on your own professional goals
- Apply for employment opportunities offered by the partner companies, a limited number of which are ringfenced exclusively for Broadening Horizons participants*
* The RSC itself cannot provide or support visa sponsorship. It is up to each successful applicant and the respective employer to ensure that the relevant Right to Work eligibility is met to participate.
Following the Taster Event, participants get the chance to further explore prospects, experiencing industrial research and work environments first-hand by visiting the partner company sites.
Beyond all this, participants will receive extensive careers advice and support from the RSC throughout the programme. This includes:
- Access to our careers toolkit and online resources
- Workshops, webinars and careers talks to build skills and explore career routes available
- Ongoing networking opportunities with fellow participants and industry representatives
- Regular drop-in sessions and contact with programme staff
- A two year-membership of the 91AV (RSC) which can help to:
The programme is free of charge to all participants, and the expenses related to participation in the programme (including travel costs) will be covered.
The next cohort will run from June 2024 until summer 2025. To benefit fully, participants are asked to commit to the entire programme.