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Orbyts partners science researchers with students in local state schools to empower young people to undertake cutting-edge research. Our goal is to improve inclusivity in science for historically excluded groups whilst developing the leadership potential of the researchers. Whether you are a PhD student, post-doctoral researcher, or academic staff member, we welcome your involvement. 

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As an Orbyts Fellow you will: 

  • Engage and empower school students from historically excluded groups 

  • Gain irreplaceable leadership, management and communication training beyond the scope of traditional PhD and Post-Doc roles 

  • Expand your research profile – Orbyts projects are designed to produce publishable results 

  • Support non-specialist teachers to gain confidence in using science research in the classroom 

  • As a PhD student, earn £18+ per hour for design and delivery of programmes, plus travel expenses 

  • Become part of a global community of science researchers passionate about improving diversity in STEM



"It was extremely satisfying to see the students asking so many questions, being eager to learn more – all these after school hours! To summarise how enjoyable it was, I’ll just mention this: On many occasions, while working on my projects, I catch myself thinking “This can be an interesting topic for ORBYTS!"

- Post-Doctoral Researcher

"Orbyts ignited my love for science communication and reminded me of why I wanted to research astrophysics in the first place. It’s quite easy to get bogged down in the finer details of your day to day research, but by having to go back to basics to explain your project to school students, it gave me a refreshed perspective for doing my own research. You have such freedom with how you teach and I was able to integrate some animations and drawings into my presentations to help explain difficult topics."

- PhD Researcher

Take a look at some of our past projects here.

If you would like to get involved in Orbyts, or just want to find out more, then we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch with us here:

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