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Heriot-Watt Virtual Open Day

Heriot-Watt University Virtual Open Day, Friday 3 July 2020

We would therefore like to invite your pupils to join us for our upcoming Virtual Open Days. These will provide key information on our programmes and campuses, as well as give attendees the opportunity to engage with current students through panel sessions and other live content. Our Edinburgh Campus event will take place on Friday 3 July, with details available on a wide range of subject areas including the Social Sciences, Technology and Engineering. Those interested in pursuing Textiles and Design programmes are encouraged to register for the Scottish Borders Campus event that will run on the same date. Registration forms are available at

In addition to this activity, we will also be hosting a series of follow up webinar sessions between Monday 6 July and Friday 17 July. During this time, there will be further opportunities to put questions to our academic staff and admissions colleagues. As part of the programme, our Scottish and UK Recruitment Manager will lead two information sessions for parents and carers, covering not only the support Heriot-Watt University offers to students but also the broader higher education climate in Scotland. These will take place at 19:00 on Tuesday 7 July and Wednesday 15 July, with the link to join us now available at If you feel this webinar would be of interest to anyone within your school community, we would be extremely grateful if you could pass on this information.

Please feel free to let me know if there is anything you would like to discuss in more detail, or if you have any queries.

Many thanks for your continued support.
Ailsa Mackay
Student Recruitment Assistant
Student Recruitment Service
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS


Open University in Scotland Upskilling Modules

Open University have announced free upskilling modules for workers on furlough and at risk of redundancy in Scotland.

Supported by the Scottish Funding Council Upskilling Fund, we’re offering the opportunity to study a fully-funded OU module from a choice of subject areas. Studying one of these modules can help advance your career prospects, whether you are considering a career change or want to build on your skillset. Once you’ve started your studies, if your circumstances change for any reason such as you change job, become unemployed or get back into employment, you don’t need to give up your course, you can continue your studies with us.

All modules start on 3 October 2020 and run through to the end of March or June 2021:

More details here

Did you know that The Open University offers a range of free badged courses on OpenLearn all geared towards helping you with employability and your career?

Details here

Standard Life Aberdeen’s Traineeship 2020 – Edinburgh

Our Traineeship will give you 12 months of experience in our company that will help you to grow your knowledge of the world of work, gain work experience within a professional environment and improve your understanding of our industry

Moving from school / college is a unique experience! It is one we understand, and support. Our Traineeship will see you learn as you earn, giving you access to qualifications, a structured training programme and a network of new colleagues.

You may not have any work or industry experience. You don’t need it for this programme! Our focus is on finding those with the right attitude and values who are willing to learn. This programme is an excellent opportunity for school and college leavers to kick start their career in the industry.

Life is good when we can be ourselves. It’s the energy that makes us an outstanding team.

More details here

Apprentice Wind Turbine Technician

Applicants must have at least 3 Scottish National 5 or above or 3 at GSCE at C level or above including:-
• Maths, English Language and Science, preferable Physics, or an Engineering Qualification. Or, in the case of those currently studying for their exams, have corresponding predicted grades
• You must live within 45 minutes of the relevant site which is located near Eyemouth on the East Coast.
• Have a good head for heights
• Have a keen interest in engineering, technology and the environment
• Have enthusiasm in abundance as well as long-term commitment to the apprenticeship and to the business
• Be confident enough to live and work away from home. First 18 months of this apprenticeship will involve staying away from home near to Scunthorpe

Details here
Apprentice Wind Turbine Technician

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow will be hosting a Virtual Undergraduate Open Day on Tuesday 23rd June, 9-6pm for students interested in applying to any of our undergraduate degree programmes for 2021 entry. Teachers and parents will be very welcome too!

In addition to Open Day we will also be represented at the UK University Search Virtual Fair, 17 June, 12 -6pm

For any senior girls who are considering a degree in Geoscience, the Girls into Geoscience event on Monday 6 July, 9.30-4pm, will be an excellent introduction. Further information here:

For teachers interested in English & Scottish Literature and Language, the College of Arts will be hosting a CPD session 23 June, 3pm. For further information and registration:

Our Teacher and Adviser pages:

Best wishes,


Fiona Black
Head of UK Recruitment
External Relations
University of Glasgow

Internship Experience UK

Welcome to Internship Experience UK. In response to the challenges brought about by COVID-19, Bright Network is bringing together world leading employers and top educators for a series of three-day virtual experiences. Open to students and recent graduates, it’s your opportunity to discover career paths, meet employers and boost your employability. Be proactive this summer and start your application to one of the streams today.

More details here

Capital Theatres – Behind-the-scenes

The dazzling performances that grace our stages only happen because of the many different people playing their part. Learn the tricks of the trade and the secrets behind the magic, from selling the hottest ticket in town, to lighting up the stage.

Take a look at our video blog series (we are releasing a new video each Wednesday) or join our Q&A masterclass (Zoom session) with staff from Capital Theatres as they share how the magic of theatre comes together!

Our next Q&A Zoom session is on Wednesday 17 June 4pm – 5pm. Please email to book your free space.

Details here