Researchers in Schools works in partnership with ITT providers and schools across England to recruit PhD graduates, allocate them to their Schools Direct Salaried programme and then place them in schools that employ them for the duration of the programme.

Throughout the programme, RIS delivers a bespoke programme of CPD training to support participants to maximise their impact as champions for university access and research within their school.

Case Studies

Below is a selection of case studies highlighting the ways that Researchers in Schools participants are making a difference in schools across the country.


Cleeve Park School, Sidcup

Read the Cleeve Park case study


Parliament Hill School, London

Read the Parliament Hill case study


Oasis Academy, Oldham

Read the Oasis Oldham case study


Therfield School, Leatherhead

Read the Therfield case study

Get Involved

You can get involved with Researchers in Schools in the following ways:


Be a lead partner

You can read our lead partner brochure here or find out more about training PhD
graduates at your school by contacting us at


Be a placement school

You can read our placement school brochure here or find out more about employing an RIS
participant at your school by contacting us at