Our vision and mission

Let’s break down barriers… 

The science sector has many structural and system-wide barriers that it’s time to remove. In particular, we’re working with business leaders, policy makers, scientists, community leaders, teachers, and many others to say goodbye to the old stereotypes of who a scientist ‘should be’. With their help, we’re bringing more voices into the conversation, to help more people see science (in all its forms) as a relevant part of their lives.

…So good ideas can thrive 

The UK is bursting with potential. We’re unlocking it. And we won’t stop until people and communities who’ve typically been overlooked by science can confidently play their part.  

We’re striving for a future where everyone is represented and has their voice heard on the issues that matter to them. So, science goes beyond being a lesson at school and becomes a way of thinking and making decisions – about looking after your health, protecting the planet and choosing and using new technology.  

Our work

The BSA has three core pillars of work:

  1. Education – engaging students and educators, through programmes including British Science Week & CREST Awards;
  2. Engagement – engaging public audiences, through programmes including British Science Festival, Community LeadersCommunity Buddies and the Ideas Fund;
  3. Thought leadership – we seek to influence and collaborate with stakeholders from across science, business and policy through events including For Thought and bespoke activities for policy makers, business leaders and the science engagement sector

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

For the BSA’s vision to come to fruition, we need to make science part of everyone's culture, including those who are currently least engaged.  We need to be able to engage with people in groups that are poorly represented in science, and that’s why equality, diversity & inclusion (EDI) needs to be central to our activities.  

The BSA has established three objectives for our work with EDI:

  • Develop our staff and internal systems to ensure the BSA reflects the society we want to see, and develops inclusive culture and policies;
  • Change our programmes to increase their relevance to audiences who are traditionally under-represented in science engagement activities, and empower people to run science engagement activities for their networks and communities;
  • Influence other organisations and individuals in the science engagement to sector to develop and improve their EDI practices in capability and audience development to reach new audiences.

We recognise that in many settings, at the BSA and beyond, EDI can be seen as an add-on or ‘fix’ to the regular work. Our aim is for EDI to be the heart of everything we do. 


  • Agile Working policy enabling you to work at home or in another UK location up to 4 days per week, if office-based, and to vary your working hours outside our 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm core hours, subject to the needs of the BSA;
  • 27 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees); 
  • Up to two days paid leave per year for significant voluntary commitments in support of professional and personal development, such as being a trustee of a charity or a school governor;
  • Auto-enrolment pension scheme (4% paid by employer);
  • Up to five days’ unpaid leave per year (this is down to the Manager’s decision and ensuring it does not affect work); 
  • Life assurance from your first day, subject to scheme rules;  
  • Occupational sick pay: up to six weeks’ full pay per year (pro-rata for part-time employees); 
  • Interest-free loan for season ticket, bike to work, and assisted study.

Vacancies at the BSA

Here are the current vacancies at the BSA:

Terms & conditions 

The AV/IT Assistant will be working at the British Science Festival in Leicester between 13-17 September 2022. Please note that the responsibilities of this role are provisional and are subject to change in alignment with COVID-19 regulations. 

The assignment is offered at a salary of £9.90 per hour. You will be allocated no less than 6 hours per day. Your core hours will be scheduled between 09:00-22:00 in De Montfort University Campus, for four or five days (including up to a one-hour unpaid lunch/dinner break per day, depending on hours worked). 

If successful, your hours will be fully outlined in your offer letter. The training day on Friday 9 September will be paid at the above rate and the BSA will reimburse reasonable travel costs incurred in attending the training day. The BSA will not be covering travel, accommodation, or subsistence costs for the duration of the Festival, but can provide information about accommodation, if required.

A copy of our Privacy Notice is available on the vacancies page of our website. 
*The Disability Confident scheme’s definition of disability is in line with the Equalities Act 2010: “a physical or mental condition which has a long-term and substantial effect on your daily life”.  Further information about our Disability Confident commitments can be found on the Disability Confident page of our website.