The British Science Association is delighted to have formed a partnership with Mewburn Ellis, one of Europe’s leading intellectual property firms, to enable and support a wider range of students, teachers and schools to engage in science. 

As a national partner of the CREST Awards, Mewburn Ellis is proudly supporting the BSA’s work to help young peopleno matter what their background, get into science. 

In the first year of our partnership, Mewburn Ellis will provide funding for up to 40 schools serving disadvantaged students in each of its four UK office locations, enabling them to invest in the resources needed to offer CREST Awards. This support enabled 1000 students of all ages complete CREST Awards, for free Mewburn Ellis’ support also helped the BSA to double the level of on-the-ground CREST support for schools in its four areas. 

In the second year of our partnership, we focused on supporting Primary teachers overcome barriers such as resourcing and confidence - through producing our 'CREST on a shoestring' activity packs and training materials - as well as providing Mewburn Ellis colleagues with employee engagement opportunities, through delivering on-site CREST Discovery Days for Year 8 students.

Partner statement  

"We're immensely proud to be working with the BSA. Our vision is to enable more young people to get into science no matter what their background or circumstances. As a firm we now have a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, but key to a really diverse IP industry will be for a broader range of candidates to come into the jobs market. This has to start with schools and providing greater opportunities and we want to invest in making this a reality.” 

– Richard Clegg, Managing Partner of Mewburn Ellis 

About CREST 

CREST is a scheme that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers, and the BSA places a special focus on reaching students who are typically underrepresented in science and working with schools in disadvantaged circumstances.