Watch PhD researcher Dana Thompson, below, describe her route into battery technology research and the recycling of batteries.
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In the summer of 2020 and 2021 the Faraday Undergraduate Student Experiences (FUSE) programme provided 50 undergraduate students with the opportunity to take an 8-week paid virtual summer internship in with one of our partner universities. Working alongside a supervisor, students have access to other research scientists and unique facilities as well as the chance to participate in industry-inspired energy storage research activities. At the end of the programme, each intern prepares a poster covering their research project to present at a session of a Faraday Institution community research meeting. Further details.
Of the 16 2018 summer interns, three went on to become Faraday Institution PhD researchers and two are conducting battery research in industry. As of July 2019, all but one of the rest are still completing their undergraduate degrees or have just graduated.
Black and ethnic minorities, women, and other groups are significantly under-represented in STEM careers. What might the UK accomplish if our scientific and engineering workforce drew equally from our population? We take positive steps to engage all groups of undergraduates, through programming that is innovative and inclusive.
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The Faraday Institution works in partnership with SEO London, a charity that prepares talented students from ethnic minority or low socio-economic background for career success. In 2019 the two organisations held two attraction events attended by 100 undergraduate students on STEM degree programmes. These high-quality events were supported by representatives from Williams Advanced Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Johnson Matthey, the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, Ricardo, Siemens and Horiba-Mira, who showcased career opportunities in the battery technology field through a range of presentations and networking sessions. Faraday Institution PhD researchers also presented about the post-graduate study route.
“The whole day was really insightful in signposting to students the challenges and opportunities in this fascinating field.” (Attendee)
The Faraday Institution was pleased to welcome its first 10 Faraday Institution Scholars at five universities across the UK in the autumn of 2019. Participating universities are Imperial College London, University College London, Newcastle University, University of Southampton and University of Warwick.
The Faraday Institution Scholars Programme (FISP) seeks to incentivise academically strong students from groups historically under-represented in science careers (ethnic minorities, women, and the socio-economically disadvantaged) to pursue STEM degrees. The goals of this programme include developing knowledge, skills, and aspirations of undergraduate scholars to prepare them for potential careers in the battery technology or energy storage fields.
The bursary programme offers eligible students financial support, mentorship, career coaching, a paid summer internship in an energy storage laboratory in their university or with an appropriate industry partner, and access to senior battery researchers. The annual bursary of £4,500 (for up to four years) can be used to cover educational and/or housing costs.
We recognise that today’s STEM undergraduates will play an integral role in delivering solutions to the growing environmental and energy problems that the world faces. We aim to both diversify and expand the talent pool to help meet next generation challenges in batteries. We provide those undergraduates that engage with us the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get experience in some of the most prestigious research laboratories, working alongside world-class scientists and engineers.