May Open Week at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

Please see herebelow a list of SRUC Edinburgh virtual open day events coming up at the end of May for pupils interested in further and higher education.

The open day events are course specific and will provide information on course content, career options and entry requirements. We are also hosting an event that will cover student support, funding and accommodation information.

If a pupil would like to attend a virtual open day, please register at By registering, if they are unable to attend the live event then I can send them a recording afterwards.

Brightest Watts Summer Programme at Heriot-Watt University

Designed for those starting S5 in the summer the aim is to provide an insight into what going to university is like and to inspire pupils to think of university as an option for them when they leave school.

Due to the ongoing restrictions we are going online again and have an all new two-week programme of events from Monday 26th July to Friday 6th August. It is based on our residential programme so all the favourites are there, including subject tasters and student life sessions. In addition new sessions will help pupils get a better feel for what university is like and to get them thinking about possible careers. The atmosphere as always will be friendly and supportive and the focus is on meeting new people, including our amazing Brightest Watts student ambassadors, learning new skills and raising confidence levels.

We will provide materials and packs to support the programme. We can also provide laptop loans to anyone who does not have access to a laptop or computer. This would be preferable in most cases to the use of a phone or tablet to make sure they can get the most out of the programme.

In addition to the summer programme we will be running a series of masterclasses throughout the next two years to supplement their development and support them as they decide what to do when they leave school. We also hope to get them on campus when we can.

You can find out more, including how to apply, on our website – Places are limited and although we welcome all applications, we will prioritise pupils from widening participation backgrounds including priority postcodes (MD20), pupils with experience of care, young carers and those from schools with low progression rates to higher education. Applications should be submitted no later than Friday 30th April 2021.

If pupils, or parents and carers have any questions please let me know – just email


Virtual Open Events on April 7th

The Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh have an upcoming virtual event on Wednesday 7th April at 4pm hosted via Zoom. Information provided during the session will include course content, funding, the application process, and career opportunities within the music industry. It will also provide the opportunity to meet both members of our teaching team and some of our current HNC students via performances and an informal Q&A session.

You can access the open event flyer here which contains an embedded link with more information about how to join in.

M&G 2021 Apprenticeship Programme Applications

We are pleased to announce that applications for the M&G 2021 Apprenticeship Programme are now open!

We have a selection of business and technology roles available across Stirling and Edinburgh.

We recognise that university isn’t for everyone. We need people who are eager to get started and want to do something interesting and exciting.

  • We are looking for enthusiastic, professional, hardworking individuals who are willing to learn and are determined to succeed.
  • Candidates must be 16 years or older with a minimum of 5 National 5 grades A – C including Maths and English (or relevant work experience).
  • Apprentices will follow 12-18 months Apprenticeship Frameworks (joining the business from September).
  • This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to start their professional business career in a thriving financial services industry with multiple benefits including a competitive salary.

Please be advised the closing dates for applications is Friday 16th April 2021. 

For any queries please contact us at apprenticeship@mandg.comW545605 M&GPLC

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S5 work experience: Applications open now for Science Insights Online (26-30 July)

The University of Edinburgh’s biology-themed work experience week Science Insights Online will take place again this July, and pupils in S5 can apply now at

The programme is for pupils currently in S5 and the 60 successful applicants will spend five days (Monday 26 to Friday 30 July) following a varied programme of online activities hosted by staff and students from across the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, gaining a real insight into research and work in many different areas of biological, biomedical and animal sciences.

Activities include: 

  • Virtual tours of scientific facilities
  • Presentations, workshops and discussions on topics including research ethics, the use of animals in research and careers in science
  • “Meet the researcher” sessions with University of Edinburgh PhD students and researchers
  • Skills session to help with future university applications

There are 60 places available for Science Insights Online and it is being promoted to all schools in Scotland. Any current S5 pupils interested in biological sciences (especially those planning to apply to Biology/ Biomedical Sciences/ Animal Science at university) are welcome to apply. To maximise participation we will also be running two webinar sessions during Science Insights week that will be open to all applicants.

To apply for a place, pupils need to complete our online application form, which they can find on the Science Insights website:  The closing date for applications is Monday 26 April and places will be assigned in early May.


Widening participation is at the heart of the University of Edinburgh’s agenda, so we work with the Widening Participation team to ensure places are assigned to pupils from a range of social, cultural and educational backgrounds. To achieve this we would appreciate your help in encouraging all pupils, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, under-represented and marginalised groups, to apply.

We realise that not everyone has the same ability to access online content and we are looking into ways to support pupils who may have difficulties accessing Science Insights Online. There are questions about online access in the application form, and if pupils do not have a reliable way to get online, or have additional support needs, we are asking them to tell us. It will not count against them in their application and we will try to help all successful applicants to access the programme, as far as we can.

If you have any questions about Science Insights Online, please don’t hesitate to contact the project team at

Sutton Trust Summer School opportunity for S5 pupils

We would like to invite your S5 pupils to apply for the Sutton Trust Summer School at the University of St Andrews. An experience that has been proven to be of great benefit when applying to competitive universities.

This virtual event is free of charge and held each year in order to give pupils in S5 the chance to experience a week in the life of a university student. They will engage with two academic areas of interest, take part in social activities and receive advice on UCAS related topics.

Pupil and parent Q&A sessions:

I will be hosting two pupil and parent Q&A sessions for those who are interested in applying, where they can learn more about the virtual summer school and hear from students who attended last year. Pupils can sign up for these online:

Thursday 18 February 2021, 5pm to 6pm

Tuesday 23 February 2021, 6pm to 7pm


This year, the St Andrews Virtual Sutton Trust Summer School will take place on Monday 5 to Friday 9 July 2021. For information about the summer school, eligibility and how to apply please visit our website.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 3 March 2021. 

If you have any questions about the Sutton Trust Summer School, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at or by calling 07595200323 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Nuffield Research Placements 2021 application (and pre-application video link below).

Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils sitting their Highers in 2021 and studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) and Social Science/Humanities subjects at that level. This is an amazing opportunity for students to work alongside a knowledge expert on a research project  and build many transferable skills to use going forward. The deadline for applications in Scotland is 31st March 2021 – placements take place during the school summer vacation period.

If you think you are interested there is a prepared a pre-application video to view. The presentation is “unlisted” on YouTube and so anyone wishing to view it will need this link:  This will hopefully give pupils an insight into the scheme, the process, the benefits of participation, and the confidence to apply.

Interested S5 students can apply here:

There is an eligibility tool for students:

The scheme, managed by STEM Learning, aims to widen access, focusing on economic and social deprivation, as it has been found that students who come from lower income families, or whose parents have not attended higher education, benefit most from the scheme. In light of this, the scheme is now only open to these students (and priorities are placed on students eligible for the bursary). This means the charitable funding is targeted where it will have the greatest benefit.

As mentioned previously, this year we are going for a blended approach and we are hoping to have face-to-face projects where possible (2-3 weeks, possibly staggered over a longer period), or if needed virtual/online projects only, this will all depend on  government guidance and individual institutions/organisations policies. We will be implementing the research skills modules again and hope to roll these out to all successful applicants, even if they do not receive a project offer, and boost this with other skills opportunities, so most applicants will now benefit.

Work Experience and Apprenticeships with Ernst & Young – Scotland

There is a fantastic opportunity with EY for students who are looking for a summer work experience or a possible apprenticeship in Accounting, Business & Finance. This event is specifically for Scottish students in S5 & S6. 

Webinar Details: 

  • Wednesday 20th January, 4pm – 5pm
  • Opportunities to secure paid work experience with EY this summer 
  • Keynote talk from a partner along with some engaging / interactive workshops
  • Information on all apprenticeship and graduate opportunities 
  • Recruitment process hints and tips
  • Open to all S5 & S6 students
  • Parents are encouraged to join the session

Registation Link:

University of Strathclyde Faculty of Engineering UG Webinars 7th to 11th December

There are some exciting webinars taking place next week run by Faculty of Engineering at Strathclyde University. Dates and information about registering can be found below:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Monday 7th December from 4pm to 5pm


Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Tuesday 8th December from 4pm to 5pm


Engineering Academy

Wednesday 9th December from 4pm to 5pm

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Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Management

Thursday 10th December from 4pm to 5pm


Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Friday 11th December from 4pm to 5pm


Insight to GSK – 26th November, 5pm – 6pm

GSK one of the worlds largest pharmaceutical companies are putting on a very exclusive webinar for school students looking to get into a STEM related career. The webinar is taking place on the 26th November, 5pm – 6pm and is open to all students across the UK who would like to find a bit more about what a career at GSK could look like.


GSK Webinar Details: 

  • Insight to GSK – 26th November, 5pm – 6pm
  • GSK are a £34 billion global pharmaceutical company
  • GSK have been behind some of the trials and testing for the Covid Vaccine
  • Hear from some of their scientists, recruitment teams and current graduates / apprentices
  • Opportunities to work at GSK and work experience summer placements
  • We are encouraging you to bring your parents along to this webinar


Registration Link:

City of Glasgow College Virtual Clearing Day – Monday 10th August 2020

City of Glasgow College will host a virtual event on Monday 10th August 2020 between 12 and 2pm and/or 4pm and 6pm.

We still have limited availability for some courses beginning August/September 2020 but the event is equally suitable for next year’s leavers and guidance staff/parents requiring further information.

Attendees can:

  • Chat to lecturers about full-time courses starting in August.
  • Discuss your options if you have not met the conditions of your offer.
  • Chat to our Student Support Team about funding and other support available.

Please pass on this information to your pupils and keep an eye on our website for registration to open.  We hope this will be within the next week.