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The ASPIRES projects were based at King’s College London from 2009-2017. On 1st March 2017 the ASPIRES 2 project and team moved to UCL Institute of Education. The project’s new website can be found here.

ASPIRES 2 Publications

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Year 11 Students' Views on Careers Education and Work Experience

'Careers education is not just 'patchy', it is patterned in terms of social inequalities'

The first of our Project Spotlight reports uses survey data from over 13,000 Year 11 students, and interviews with 70 of these students, to review the provision of careers education and work experience in England.

February 2016




ASPIRES Publications


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ASPIRES Book: Understanding Young People's Science Aspirations

How students form ideas about 'becoming a scientist' 

Our 'ASPIRES Book' offers an explanation of how some young people do become dedicated to follow science, and what might be done to increase and broaden this population. We explore the need for increased scientific literacy among citizens to enable them to exercise agency and lead a life underpinned by informed decisions about their own health and their environment.

August 2016


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ASPIRES Report: Young people's science and career aspirations age 10-14

'Most young people like science - but do not aspire to science careers' 

The ASPIRES report summarises the findings from the first half of our ten-year study into young people's science and career aspirations. ASPIRES 2 continues to study the same cohort of students from age 14-19. 

December 2013



ASPIRES Interim Report


ASPIRES Interim Research Report

'Young people are NOT generally being put off careers in science because they find science dull or because of negative views of scientists'

A summary report on the key findings from the first two data collections of the ASPIRES Project.

March 2013





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Ten Science Facts & Fictions: The Case for Early Education about STEM Careers

'More needs to be done to make science a ‘conceivable’ career option for a broader range of pupils'

Recommendations for the pressing need to integrate an awareness of STEM careers into the mainstream school curriculum.

January 2012






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