Working to give every young person the opportunity of accessing a career in the life sciences regardless of background.


Did you know?

The UK is one of the least socially mobile countries in the developed world.


of the UK’s doctors were educated at a private school while only 7% of the school population receive private education.

Leading people: The educational backgrounds of the UK professional elite, Kirby, P., 2016


of those entitled to FSM get the equivalent of two A Levels, compared with 39% of other pupils

State of the Nation Report; Social Mobility Commission, 2019


of scientists, 9% of life scientists and 6% of doctors come from working class backgrounds

Friedman, Laurison and MacMillan, Social Mobility Commission, 2017

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of pupils who were in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) aged 15 entered Higher Education by age 19 by 2014/15. This compares to 41% of non-FSM pupils

Ref: Widening Participation in Higher Education, England, 2014/15 age cohort, Department for Education, 2017


of all individuals in Wales live in poverty - higher than in all the regions of Great Britain, except London and the East Midlands. Poverty is highest among families with children. 29% of children in Wales live in poverty

Uk Poverty 2019/2020 Joseph Rowntree Foundation


is the difference in performance, between those pupils on free school meals, and others, at Key Stage 4, in Wales

Ref: Research Briefing Key Stage 4 Attainment Data, Dauncey,M.,2018

Social mobility is a major contemporary issue in the UK and the focus of the Government’s Social Mobility Commission. Despite two decades of interventions by successive governments, social mobility policies have failed to significantly reduce inequality between rich and poor, with those from more disadvantaged backgrounds facing a number of barriers in terms of educational prospects. These barriers are particularly significant within life sciences.

The Life Science sector is strongly supported within the UK with policy assistance from both the National UK Government and the devolved administrations, being a priority economic sector in Wales. It is one of the country's most innovative industries, employing over 11,000 people in more than 350 companies. It is also one of the fastest growing sector in Wales, growing by over 19% in the last 3 years.

The Mullany Fund aim to give every young person the opportunity of accessing a career in life sciences, regardless of background. Focusing our work on children from more disadvantaged backgrounds, our key work aims to support young people who find it difficult to get the support they need because no-one in their family or network has followed the path that they would like to pursue.


Our Project Work

Using educational approaches, our project work aims to remove, as far as possible, what we see as key barriers to social mobility, namely a lack of skills and knowledge and to provide support to young people to pursue a career to which they aspire. For this reason, our projects are open to all young people experiencing disadvantage who might benefit from the project, and we do not focus on More Able and Talented students.

Our key Big Lottery funded flagship project, ‘e-Mentoring 1+1’ supports young people to build on their aspirations and gain knowledge and skills to help them move forward towards a career of their choice. Our focus is on life sciences but we also help people to gain more generic skills such as confidence and study skills , which will help them start their career pathway. Support is provided through online mentoring, work experience opportunities and career talks, targeting those aged 14-19, from more disadvantaged backgrounds, who are living in 5 Local Authority areas in south Wales. Further information about this project, and how to apply can be found on our ‘project’ pages, but here we've included what one of the teachers in a participating school has had to say about the project:

'I am very passionate about the e-Mentoring programme, I think that it is such a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to be able to change their lives and the lives of their children, to break the cycle of poverty that many of our pupils are in .'

Our work

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Our impact

Next session
Spring e-Mentoring session 2021 will run from 25th January until the 19th March!

Registration Deadline:
Registration deadline for the spring 2021 e-Mentoring session is 17th January

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