Oct 112018

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week  provides a unique opportunity for engineers, employers, universities and schools to help inspire the next generation of engineers.

Download toolkits of ideas on how to take part.

This year’s plans include the first Tomorrow’s Engineers Week Big Assembly; offering schools across the UK the chance to take part in the same assembly at the same time.

Oct 112018

The PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC is an exciting and unique opportunity for schools to participate in a dedicated primary science conference. The event will take place on Friday 7th June 2019 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre as part of the international Primary Science Education Conference (PSEC).

The theme of the conference is Climate Change, Sustainable Living and Environmental Science. Schools will be encouraged to develop their own projects focused on finding a local issue and developing solutions for it and then share their work: either by attending the Conference or submitting a poster/film of their activity.

Schools can register their Interest at https://www.primaryscienceconference.org/childrens-conference and download the free Climate Change Teachers’ Project Pack. The pack has ideas for projects in ten different areas; as well as advice on developing partnerships, planning projects and a Climate Change Special Topical Science Update.

Look out for more information in late 2018 when schools will be able to apply to present their projects at the PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC in June 2019.

Keep up to date with what’s going on:

Follow @pstt_whyhow on Twitter


Join our ‘PSTT Children’s Conference at PSEC’ Facebook group

Feb 032017



STEM Insight






The STEM Insight programme offers staff in schools and colleges a unique chance to experience STEM-related work in industrial settings.

You will be able to participate in a placement with an employer, be supported by face-to-face and online CPD from STEM Learning and SSERC, and learn more about diverse career paths and opportunities for your students.

If you are from a local authority school or college you will receive generous financial support to cover the cost of participating in the programme from Project ENTHUSE. The fee for participating in the STEM Insight programme is £283+VAT, with a £1450 bursary for a ten day placement and a £800 bursary for a five day placement.

For more information visit http://bit.ly/STEMINSIGHT or contact sts@sserc.org.uk


Sep 062016





Biology teacher placements at Glasgow University

Join the University of Glasgow for a placement where you can immerse yourself in the world of STEM outside of the classroom.


Location: University of Glasgow, Gilmorehill Campus, G12 8QQ

The following dates are currently available:

13 – 17 Feb 2017

20 – 24 Feb 2017

(Other dates may be available upon request).

£900 of ENTHUSE bursary funding provided.

The final part of the scheme is a one-day professional development experience, held during the summer 2017 term.

Express your interest in this placement by completing this form and sending it to: insight@stem.org.uk or mailto:grant.mcallister@sserc.org.uk

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2016

This opportunity is suitable for STEM secondary/FE professionals with an interest in Higher / Advanced Higher (or equivalent) in biology.

Going on a placement at the University of Glasgow will help you to:

Inspire your students – increase your own understanding by attending lectures, seminars and laboratory sessions in life sciences, medicine, genetics, molecular and cell biology. Meet with students, researchers and lecturers working in Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at Glasgow and gain and insight into the breadth of curriculum content available to students entering this field.

Build strong links with a local university – connect with a local university to develop staff and student experiences, with the aim of creating a longer term partnership. Help to boost your students’ confidence in making degree and career choices. Find out more about the skills and competencies required for a science-based career and gain ideas for future collaboration (e.g. work experience, mentoring, speakers).

Enhance your advice on careers options– gain useful information about how to support students to make university applications through UCAS, and develop a wider knowledge of how to support students in making career decisions, taking into account future STEM industries.

University Information:

The University of Glasgow College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) brings together internationally renowned experts and state-of-the-art facilities with the goal of improving health and the quality of life for humans and animals across the globe. As well as a huge research portfolio, the college provides innovative teaching, preparing students for a wide variety of exciting careers. Students can choose from a broad array of subjects (more than 20 degree programmes) in the life sciences, from A (Anatomy) to Z (zoology), or alternatively, the clinical subjects; medicine (including programmes in medicine, nursing and dentistry) and the veterinary medicine programmes.
The University of Glasgow has just over 19,000 undergraduate students coming from around the world and gaining a place to study is highly competitive. Arming school teachers with insight and knowledge about current teaching practices and approaches will give their pupils the best chance to secure a place at the University and prepare them for higher education. We aim to support this, by giving teachers of Higher level biology, a guided tour through teaching at all levels in the university and provide them with the additional information they need to support their pupils, particularly in view of the recent changes by the SQA in the Advanced Higher biology “curriculum for excellence”.


This ENTHUSE bursary funded placement offers you an opportunity to:

• provide inspirational experiences for teachers, which will in turn help them to inspire their students
• support the transition between National Qualifications and Higher Education, helping to highlight routes of study and future STEM related careers
• develop firmer links between school / college and university
• equip your school or college in response to the Government’s careers strategy



May 102016

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Please note change in contact email for the Baird of Bute Society. Applications should be sent to: bairdstudent@gmail.com

The Baird of Bute Society is offering a fabulous scholarship opportunity to two Scottish school leavers in July this year. The scholarship is now in its third year.

 The Scholarship has been developed by the Baird of Bute Society to honour Andrew Baird, a Bute blacksmith, who in 1910 achieved the First Attempted All-Scottish Heavier than Air Powered Flight in an aircraft of his own design and manufacture. The Society employs Baird’s example to inspire young people in Scotland to aspire to greatness in their lives.

The successful Scholarship applicants will spend between two and three weeks taking part in the Baird of Bute Society’s “Bench to Bedside” programme in a number of Toronto-based institutions and organisations. The programme provides participants with the opportunity to follow developments in the life sciences from the genesis of an idea through to research, development, testing, clinical and human trials and all the way to its introduction at the bedside.

The programme includes time at the Gunning Group at the University of Toronto, led by Scotland’s own Dr Patrick Gunning, which is one of the World’s most celebrated bio chemistry research groups, which is currently working on a drug which is aimed at treating three forms of cancer. Participants will also visit several Toronto healthcare facilities and will complete a tailored laboratory programme in the world-renowned Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Through these opportunities, the participants will enhance their science knowledge and skills and will have numerous opportunities for multi-disciplinary networking and continuing education. The Baird of Bute Society Canadian Science Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for the participants to broaden and deepen their interest in and understanding of science before pursuing their own studies in a life science course at university level.

Further information about the programme and how to apply is attached. I’d be grateful if you could forward this to your local authority Faculty Head and Biology contacts to make them aware of this opportunity. Each school is able to nominate one candidate who must be 18 years old by 1 June 2016 and who must have an unconditional offer to study a life science course. or related discipline, at university.

You may also be interested in the introductory video produced by the Baird of Bute Society and the blogs written by previous participants in 2014 and 2015.

Applications should be sent to Chris Markwell at bairdstudent@gmail.com by no later than 23rd May 2016. The two to three week scholarship will commence on or around the 8th July 2016.

Please download supporting documents below:

Baird Canadian Scholarship APPLICATION 2016

Baird Canadian Scholarship Requirements

Baird Canadian Scholarship Poster

Baird Canadian Scholarship Online Information

Baird Canadian Scholarship Briefing 2016




May 052016


HND in Industrial Biotechnology

Biotechnology uses living organisms and systems to make products for a range of uses, including biofuels, agriculture and pharma products.

This new HND delivered at both Forth Valley College and Glasgow Kelvin College, develops the study of biology, chemistry and process engineering in an industrial biotechnology context. It covers a wide broad spectrum of subjects to equip learners with a broad understanding of biology, chemistry, process engineering for the industrial biotechnology job market.

Indicative Content

Year 1

  • Laboratory Skills
  • Microbiology
  • Chemical Engineering Principles
  • Chemistry
  • Biotechnology: An Introduction

Year 2

  • Graded unit project
  • Animal and Plant cell culture
  • Immunology
  • Animal Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Process operations

The HND Industrial Biotechnology course may lead to entry to a degree course at University or you may wish to seek employment within industry.


Students can progress to 2nd or 3rd Year entry to relevant University Degree courses.

Career Path

Successful completion of this HND will leave students well prepared for employment as a Science Laboratory Technician, Research Scientist, Process Operator and Production Scientist.

Applications for August 2016 are open now and further details may be accessed via the links below.

Forth Valley College

Glasgow Kelvin College


Download flyer about the HND in Industrial Biotechnology

Oct 202015


Welcome to our e-bulletin for sciences, technologies, engineering and maths (STEM). Please forward to those who may be interested.

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  • Education Secretary announces campaign to attract more STEM teachers
  • Raising attainment sharing practice event – Wed 28th October
  • Our Environment competition – learn about your local area and win prizes!
  • Get learning provides real-life data about air quality and Scotland’s Environment


  • Free circuit simulation for technology departments
  • Watch the BBC master class with Chris Van der Kuyl
  • Teachers writing materials for Advanced Higher Engineering Science on Glow

Numeracy and mathematics

 Did you know…….?

The Ultimate STEM Challenge is a new competition run by BP, the Science Museum and STEMNET.

Professional learning

Looking at gender balance in STEM subjects – key research findings, influencing factors and useful resources to promote gender equality.

Video inspiration

New resources from OPAL & Scotland’s Environment about collecting environmental data.


We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

Follow us on Twitter @EdScotSciences and @DigiLearnScot


Education Scotland News autumn edition now available

We are pleased to inform you that the autumn edition of Education Scotland News is now available, providing the latest information on some of our key activities across the sectors, from the early years to adult learning.

This edition has a particular focus on Developing the Young Workforce and contains some useful articles on the Scottish Attainment Challenge, How good is our school? (4th EDITION) and the National Improvement Framework.

Visit the Education Scotland website today to view and download the latest Education Scotland News.

Oct 192015

£135,000 will be invested into Scotland-wide science initiatives that complement and support young peoples’ STEM learning at school and help bring ‘real life’ STEM into the classroom.

The funding will go towards four separate initiatives as follows:

  • Generation Science – Edinburgh International Science Festival – £50,000 (Science shows for primary schools)
  • Young Engineers and Science Clubs – Scottish Council for Development and Industry – £40,000 (for primary and secondary schools)
  • British Science Week – British Science Association – £25,000 (for primary and secondary schools and community organisations)
  • GeoBus – University of St Andrews – £20,000 (Geo-scientific activity and learning days for secondary pupils)

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance said:

“Earlier this month the Science Minister met pupils from Alness Academy’s Science Club who have represented Scotland and won national prizes for their science and engineering. This is just one example of the range of talented and enthusiastic young people we meet in our schools on a regular basis.

“Recent surveys have suggested that younger children and parents can feel that STEM subjects are difficult or not suited to everyone, but activities that complement simple classroom learning clearly enhance enthusiasm to beyond the school day.

“The technology and engineering sector in Scotland generates turnover of £24.4 billion each year employing 155,000 in total which shows how nurturing an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) while children and young people are in school has the potential to be literally life changing.

“I hope the funding I am announcing today will stir even more of our young people, particularly girls, to take an interest in science and develop a career in an area that makes the most of their talents.”

Oct 052015

Here’s an incredible opportunity for high school students passionate about STEM. The New York Academy of Sciences has just launched The Junior Academy, an online STEM program that connects top performing students with STEM mentors to learn the latest in scientific research and provides opportunities for students to apply their knowledge, creativity, and skills towards real-world challenges. The mentors have been recruited from prominent research universities and leading science and tech companies. The program culminates in a two-day summit in New York City with field trips, cultural excursions, and opportunities to connect with renowned STEM leaders. Top students will be awarded cash prizes and all-expense paid trip to the summit.

The closing date for applications is 15 October 2015. The student application and full program details can be found on the official Junior Academy web site http://bit.ly/1F3f9bF.

Oct 012015

Biology Week showcases the important and amazing world of the biosciences, getting everyone from children to professional biologists involved in fun and interesting life science activities.

Now in its fourth year, Biology Week 2015 will be running from Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th October. Find out how you can get involved with the biggest week in the biology calendar.

There are lots of ways to get involved at your school, college or university. You could use the Biology Week 2015 quiz to put your science knowledge to the test, compete in the bio-bake off, get creative with some BioArtAttack, go on a ‘fungal foray‘ or bioblitz, try out some kitchenscience, attend a lecture or local event, or even have a STEM speaker come to your school.

Even better, create a timetable of events so you can be involved every day of the week!

Lots of ideas and resources are available all-year round.

More information on Biology Week can be found here.

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