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Pupils get an insight into science

At the end of July,  the College welcomed 38 pupils from 26 local high schools to its Science Insights work experience programme.

Students attending the Science Insights programme

The pupils, about to start their final year at high schools in Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Fife and Scottish Borders, spent a week finding out about careers in science, medicine and veterinary medicine as part of a packed programme of workshops, tours and “research taster sessions”.

Science Insights is an annual programme  that aims to provide a real insight into the work and life of research scientists. Since 2016 it has involved all five research institutes in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at with activities at four different campuses.

As well as shadowing researchers in the workplace and taking part in tours of a range of scientific facilities, visiting pupils will also have the opportunity to meet staff and students and discuss topics including research ethics, the use of animals in research and careers in science.

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

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