What we do

Researchers in Schools is the world’s first teacher training programme designed uniquely for PhD graduates. We recruit researchers, place them as trainee teachers in state schools and support them to develop as excellent teachers and research leaders, who are committed to closing the gap in attainment and university access.

Researchers in Schools is a salaried two to three year programme (three years for maths and physics) that gives participants one day per week ‘off-timetable’ which they use to deliver our Uni Pathways Programme to talented pupils in their subject and to maintain an academic profile alongside their classroom teaching.

For a more detailed report of our work, read our programme overview.

How to get involved

Are you a PhD who wants to help improve the life chances of young people?


Check availability - IMPORTANT UPDATES

We are currently actively recruiting for the following subjects: Maths, Physics

Due to a high volume of applications, we have now paused applications for the following subjects: MFL, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Geography, Religious Education, Computer Science.

You can register your interest in places here and we will contact you if we reopen applications this year.


Read our application guidance

This guidance form offers advice on filling out your application and explains how the process works. Please also familiarise yourself with the Info for Researchers page and read our 2017 brochure.


Complete our application form

Tell us about yourself! This is your opportunity to outline your academic background and demonstrate to us your interest in becoming a teacher. Apply here.


Are you a PhD graduate who wants to help shape a young person's life?

We look for individuals with strong communication and interpersonal skills, excellent planning and organisational skills, reflectiveness and resilience, an understanding of the UK teaching profession and a commitment to the RiS mission.

For more information on getting involved with Researchers in Schools, whether you’re a researcher or a school leader, read our FAQs pages.


Our impact so far

Researchers  in  Schools  is  currently  delivered  in  partnership  with  15  SCITTs across the country and over the past three years we have placed over 160 participants in more than 75 schools. The programme is supported by King’s College London and the University of Southampton, which offer associate researcher status to participants, including library privileges.


77% of RIS participants believe they are making a positive difference to the children they are working with


82% qualified as teachers with either an ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ rating


93% of participants agreed that they were proud to be a teacher


100% of our participants have the opportunity to lead university access projects


50 non-selective state schools across the country are employing RIS participants


996 pupils took part in subject activities and university-style tutorial programmes led by participants


100% of our participants have the opportunity to lead university access projects


33% of maths and physics participants are women


58% of participants last year spent time preparing research for publication, and 47% attended or presented at conferences around the world

”The RIS trainees bring a wealth of current in depth subject knowledge to our pupils, and colleagues too are able to benefit from their recent, cutting edge expertise and their high level research skills. They are always passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and provide a great source of inspiration for the next generation."
Kal Hodgson

SCITT Director at Greater Manchester Bright Futures

Other ways to support Researchers in Schools

Not a researcher or a school but want to be involved in our mission?
Find out more about the Brilliant Club, the award-winning charity who delivers RIS, here.