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Pupils launched into Orbyts

New Impact Report shares feedback from this transformative programme.

Published: 19 April 2024

The first Orbyts Impact Report, launched today, provides compelling insight into the reach and achievements of the programme as it breaks down barriers, challenges and changes stereotypes, and provides powerful and transformative opportunities to young scientists. 

You can read and download the full report here.

First conceived in 2015, Orbyts partners university researchers with schools to empower pupils to undertake original, world-leading research and has enabled more than 240 school students to author scientific papers on their discoveries. With projects lasting a minimum of three months and involving regular meetings between pupils and researchers, the programme is having a meaningful impact on those involved.  

A female student sitting in a row with other students.

To date, Orbyts has created 100+ partnerships between researchers and schools that have enabled more than 1,500 school students to undertake research projects on topics from life in the Universe to black holes to quantum computing and early diagnoses and treatment of cancer. Our goal is to ensure that STEM becomes more inclusive; we mandate that at least 50% of each of our cohorts are girls, at least 50% are pupil premium, and our students self-identified from over 48 ethnicities.
Orbyts Impact Report, 2024

In 2022, the Orbyts programme was the first recipient of new collaborative funding from The Ogden Trust, introduced to support and facilitate strategic outreach collaboration between university physics departments and to influence positive change in the physics education landscape. Since receiving this funding, the programme has consolidated and developed existing partnerships between university researchers and schools and expanded to reach more areas of the UK.

“It is a privilege to support the Orbyts project and to see its growth, progression and impact on researchers, teachers and young scientists,” says Adam Boal, Programme Manager at the Trust. “One of the objectives of our collaborative funding initiative was to influence positive change in the physics education landscape and this programme is a great demonstration of what can be achieved.   

Programmes such as Orbyts are invaluable in helping to tackle the challenges in physics teaching and learning, and more broadly across the STEM sector,” continues Adam. “Building skills, knowledge and diverse engagement in these subject areas is so important for the future skills requirements of the UK.”  

A mixed group of student, with one of them wearing 3D classes.

You can read and download the full report here.


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