8th to 19th July 2024

Join us to propel the next generation of Black UK (Home) Computing, BioSciences and Engineering students into research, industry and academia to find solutions to global challenges.

Within the UK’s STEM-research community, students of Black or mixed Black heritage are underrepresented. To make a change, we have developed the R²Frontiers: BioSciences, Computing & Engineering programme, which is open to all year 2 and year 3 bioscience, computing and engineering students of Black or mixed Black heritage. This full scholarship opportunity will provide students with the multidisciplinary experience and skills needed to identify issues, source information and design solutions to critical global issues.

On the programme you will benefit from the following activities and experiences:

  • work in teams on interdisciplinary projects
  • have lectures from world-leading academics
  • visit engineering, computing and biomedical sciences departments and research facilities
  • have an opportunity to hear from, and network with, Imperial PhD students and postdocs
  • take part in a competitive entrepreneurship workshop
  • attend a social event

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the R²Frontiers: Biosciences, Computing and Engineering programme 2024!

There is no cost to join the programme as this is a full scholarship opportunity! But please note, to be eligible to apply for this scholarship you need to be a UK (Home) student of Black or mixed Black heritage studying in year 2 or 3 of an undergraduate Biosciences, Computing or Engineering degree. The scholarship only covers tuition, you have to provide your own accommodation and transport within London. If you are travelling from outside London, the opportunity to exists to apply for the reimbursement of your travel costs. Please indicate within your statement if you would like to apply for this reimbursement. To apply, fill in the following details and give us a 150 word statement on why you would like to join the programme. In the event that places are oversubscribed, we will use the statements as tie-breakers.

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R²Frontiers is a two-week project-based
experience at Imperial College London for
Black and mixed Black UK Biosciences,
Computing and Engineering students

BENEFITS: Intellectually-engaging fun! You will get to experience the benefits of multidisciplinary project-based thinking to identify issues, source information and design solutions to critical issues. A great opportunity to network with students from Imperial and other universities and to learn how to communicate across disciplinary boundaries, allowing you to build confidence in your own potential to be a proactive researcher/problem-solver.

Furthermore you will get the chance to hear from world-leading researchers in the Engineering profession and spend 2 weeks at Imperial College London where there is a greater proportion of world-leading research than any other UK University and which is ranked 1st in the UK for research output, 1st for research environment and 1st for research impact (Research Excellence Framework, REF 2021)

DISCIPLINES: open to any discipline in Biosciences, Computing and Engineering. The design challenge will be based around solutions for humans facing difficult or extreme situations which need engineered solutions.

Find out more about Imperial College London’s engineering research.

Hear what our R²Frontiers (formerly RiE) 2022 Alumni thought about their programme experiences:

“So many of the facilities were amazing, and it would be amazing to work in an environment like that.”

non-Russell Group University student, Year 2 Chemical Engineering

“Its given a show of the calibre and the teaching and the facilities available, so overall it’s given me an insight into studying at Imperial. And the postgrads that came around provided a lot of feedback as well.”

non-Russell Group University student, Year 2 Mechanical Engineering

“I’m actually thinking about going to Imperial now, the whole experience was good. They were talking about the scholarships available and seeing the Chemical Engineering display, the facilities were really good, better than what I’ve seen [elsewhere].”

non-Russell Group University student, Year 2 Chemical Engineering

Led by Dr Sunday Popo-Ola, expert in project-based group learning with open-ended briefs that require solutions proposed by students

Contact Dr Popo-ola