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 https://www.ed.ac.uk/medicine-vet-medicine/outreach/science-insights

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: https://www.ed.ac.uk/medicine-vet-medicine/outreach/science-insights/how-to-apply  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 scienceinsights@ed.ac.uk

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 schools.access@st-andrews.ac.uk or by calling 07595200323 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

For S5 students – Scottish Space School – Virtual Programme

Scottish Space School – Virtual Programme

University of Strathclyde

14 – 18 June 2021

Following the success of our virtual Scottish Space School programme in June 2020, the University of Strathclyde are delighted to be offering the virtual programme again in 2021 for school pupils in S5.

We recognize the challenges school pupils have faced this year and it’s important to us that the current S5 cohort are given the same opportunity to engage with us as those who have attended the programme in previous years. We have therefore developed an online offering which will provide an opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading figures in space travel, including NASA Astronauts and engineers. We are also delighted that Wood Plc will be sponsoring the 2021 programme for the first time. There are 100 places available on the programme and we ask that you bring this to the attention of S5 pupils who have a talent for mathematics and physical sciences.

The programme will run throughout the week beginning 14 June 2021 with virtual sessions taking place as follows:

  • Monday 14 June 2021:

Morning Session: 09:15 – 12:30

Afternoon Session: 14:00 – 15:30


  • Tuesday 15 June 2021:

Morning Session: 09:15 – 12:30

Afternoon Session: 14:00 – 15:30


  • Wednesday 16 June 2021:

Morning session: 09:15 – 12:30

Evening session: 18:00 – 19:00*


  • Thursday 17 June 2021:

Morning session: 09:15 – 12:30

Afternoon session: 14:00 – 15:30


  • Friday 18 June 2021:

Afternoon session only: 14:00 – 16:00


*The evening session on Wednesday 16 June 2021 is our annual ‘Evening with NASA’ presentation which will be open to the public to also attend online. Further details will be published and advertised on our website in due course and we can also circulate the details to yourselves.

Throughout the week, participants will hear from staff at the university and Wood Plc who will provide an insight into studying and working in the field of engineering, as well as hearing from colleagues in the NASA Johnston Space Centre. Participants will also take part in a group project throughout the week which they will present to a selection panel made up of staff from the University, Wood Plc and NASA on the final afternoon with a prize for the winning team. Participants must be able to commit to attending all sessions as listed above.

Further information and the online application form are available on the Space School website: https://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/scottishspaceschool/

The deadline for applications is Monday 8 March 2021. The selection panel will meet early in April and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by Friday 9 April 2021. In the application form, pupils are asked to supply the name and contact details for a teacher who can provide a statement in support of their application. Teachers will receive an automated email which will include a designated link to the online application in order to submit their statement. We ask that teacher statements are submitted online by Monday 15 March 2021, in order for the application to be considered.

Unfortunately, given the current situation and uncertainty in terms of travel out with the UK, we will not be running the week-long ‘Learning Journey to NASA’ trip in 2021.

Whilst we recognize that the online offering will not replicate the on-campus event we have offered in previous years, we very much hope that you and your pupils will show the same enthusiasm for the online programme as you would have, had we been able to host on-campus.

If you would like any further information on the programme, please contact us by email at: scottishspaceschool@strath.ac.uk





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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: 


Sutton Trust Summer School 28 June to 3 July 2020

The Sutton Trust Summer School at the University of St Andrews is held each year in order to give pupils in S5 the chance to experience a week in the life of a university student. It has been proven that this experience, aimed at pupils who fulfil most of the criteria set out in the information material, is of great benefit when applying to competitive universities.

The residential week includes study within academic areas of interest, social activities and advice on UCAS related topics. The week is free of charge and pupils are only required to bring spending money for their personal use.

Applications are now open, and I would encourage your pupils to apply early. Applications close on 3 March 2020.

Further information can be found online at: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/access/projects/sutton-trust

If you have any questions about the Sutton Trust Summer School, please do not hesitate to contact us by email schools.access@st-andrews.ac.uk or by calling 01334 462315.

Biology prelims

The Biology prelims will take place:

First set: 11-18 November

Biology: Year two of 2 year National 5, Year two of 2 year Higher

Second set: 20-31 January

Biology: National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher