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Mayor's London Scientist

The Mayor’s London Scientist is a new initiative to inspire more young Londoners to consider a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

City Hall is working with British Science Association (BSA) to offer the initiative through their CREST Awards. This is a nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work.

Throughout 2018, students will be encouraged to do a real-life science project, investigating topics important to them and their city. All participating students will receive a special Mayor's London Scientist certificate.

Funding is available for schools with high numbers of students currently underrepresented in STEM. We will send voucher codes to eligible schools to enable free access to CREST Awards.

Why has the Mayor launched this programme?

The UK’s had a shortage in the numbers of STEM-skilled professionals for a long time. Yet demand for such skills is rising – particularly in London.

Research suggests many young people simply don’t feel science is ‘for people like me’. For example, the ASPIRES report (2013), found that while 75 per cent of students think science is interesting and believe scientists makes a difference, only 15 per cent aspire to be a scientist.

Women, and those from BAME and poorer backgrounds are underrepresented in the current STEM workforce. This scheme will help address this lack of diversity by making sure that more young Londoners can engage with science. We hope this will help them to realise their potential as scientists of the future.

How do pupils benefit?


All students who take part will get a Mayor's London Scientist certificate. This award recognises their achievement and encourages them to carry on with STEM subjects.

Skills development

By becoming a Mayor's London Scientist, students will gain real-life experience of ‘being’ a scientist and working on STEM projects. Taking part in a project will help students improve their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills.


The Mayor wants young people to examine and take ownership of London’s challenges – from air pollution to biodiversity loss. By so doing, they can play a role in the solutions. Completing a Mayor's London Scientist project empowers young people to do this.

Is my school eligible for funding?

The Mayor is making CREST Awards free for up to 5,000 London students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in STEM. This is available for Awards at SuperStar, Discovery and Bronze level.

Any school that meets one or more of the following criteria can apply for funding:

  • Schools with 75 per cent+ black and minority ethnic pupils
  • Schools with 30 per cent+ Pupil Premium
  • Special Educational Needs schools
  • Alternative Providers and Pupil Referral Units

Note: Fee-charging schools and those that have already taken part in CREST awards in the last three years will not be eligible.

We sent voucher code letters to eligible schools in the first week of January 2018. This code enables teachers to enter their students for the CREST Award for free from 1 January - 31 December 2018. 

If you believe your school is eligible and haven’t received a code, email us at [email protected].

I'm eligible. How do I register my students?

Primary schools should sign up here for SuperStar Awards.

Secondary schools should sign up for a CREST Account for Discovery and Bronze Awards.

When students have finished their projects, your voucher code can be entered to cover the costs of sending off for their special certificates.

If you are still having problems, please check the dedicated CREST Help Centre which may be able to resolve the issue. You can also contact the CREST Team directly by e-mailing [email protected].