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Rachel Dorris

Royal Institution
Masterclass Programme Manager
Rachel manages the Royal Institution Masterclass programme for mathematics, engineering and computer science. All over the UK, young people meet regularly to solve problems with enthusiastic STEM volunteers from academia, industry and education. This free national programme draws on the support and enthusiasm of a vast and diverse network of volunteers and supporters encompassing parents, teachers, researchers, industry professionals, university students and funders.

"At the ASE, we will be manning the Ri stand and presenting a talk on use of primary Masterclasses to bring 6th form students together with primary students for enrichment projects. Talk to us about the Royal Institution and it's programmes, including Masterclasses, Christmas Lectures, Science in Schools Shows, and E & E grants for schools.
Talk to us about STEM outreach, specifically in mathematics, computer science and engineering, and talk to us about robotics activities for young people!"

Rachel studied physics at Edinburgh University and gained a bioengineering MSc at Strathclyde University. After further Medical Physics training at Christie Hospital, Manchester, Rachel worked for the NHS for 9 years as a medical physicist in nuclear medicine. She then chose a new career path and worked as a jewellery designer part time while starting a family. In May 2013 Rachel then decided to step back into science with her first role at the Ri as Engineering Masterclass Coordinator. In August 2016, Rachel was promoted to manage the whole Ri Masterclass programme.