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Science Insights for local pupils

At Science Insights, the University’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine students teach pupils from local schools learn about careers in science.

Science Insights 2017 Group
Science Insights 2017 Group

Our students welcomed 38 pupils from 26 local high schools to its week-long Science Insights work experience programme.

The pupils, starting their final year at high schools in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Fife and Scottish Borders, spent five busy days finding out about careers in science, medicine and veterinary medicine as part of a packed programme of workshops, tours and 'research taster sessions'.

Programme background

Science Insights is an annual programme that was launched in 2014 by the MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine and The Roslin Institute.

Participants gain valuable insights into the work and life of research scientists.

Since 2016, it has involved all five research institutes within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, with pupils undertaking activities at four different University campuses.

Enhancing science skills and experiences

Pupils shadowed researchers in their workplaces, ran wet and dry experiments and took part in tours of specialist research facilities.

These S5 pupils also met a variety of University staff and students and discussed topics including research ethics, the use of animals in research and careers in science.

The University’s Widening Participation team also ran a skills session to help pupils with future university and job applications.

Science Insights