We are delighted to see that the Institute of Physics has launched a bursary scheme to help a greater diversity of students to become physics researchers with the gift donated by distinguished astronomer and Mansfield Fellow Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Professor Bell Burnell donated her prize money when she won the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics last year for ‘fundamental contributions to the discovery of pulsars, and a lifetime of inspiring leadership in the scientific community.’ 

The Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund will also support students from low socio-economic backgrounds and those who qualify for refugee status.

The initial aim is to increase the number of female physics researchers in the UK from the current level of 22% to more than 30% in the next 10 years.

Go here to find out more about the Institute of Physics diversity aims or to register your interest in the scholarships.