The Insights Programme

What you will do

By getting involved in Insights, you’ll get involved in a programme of support and activities that can be managed alongside your studies and other commitments.

Hear from graduates based in Scotland or overseas

The Insights Programme is a great opportunity to find out about different types of careers and sectors directly from the Edinburgh alumni who are working in these fields. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University decided to re-design the 2020 in person Insights Programme to be exclusively online. Due to the success of several online weeks delivered since, this is now an integral part of the Insights Programme and will run again two times during the 2021/22 academic year:

  • Over 4 weeks 01 – 24 November 2021
  • Over 1 week 21-25 February 2022 (Flexible Learning Week)

Insights Programme 2021/22

The Insights Programme 2021/22 will be an engaging and interactive experience, where you will work entirely online in your groups to gain an insight into job sectors and careers of alumni, and develop skills in networking and professional behaviours.  

In your groups, you'll have a unique opportunity to speak to 3-4 Edinburgh alumni (former students at the University) in an informal and friendly setting, and ask them about their careers and anything else you want to know about what it’s like to live and work where they do. 

You'll also complete a short personal reflection on what you've learned during your Insights experience. 

You'll get lots of support to prepare you for all these activities, including online skills workshops and a bank of information resources, as well as a PhD student for each group to support you with your project throughout. 

We expect that you will need to commit between 15-20 hours to the activities during the experience, making this a light and valuable Programme. The Programme is completely free to take part in. If you feel like there are any financial barriers to taking part, please contact us.

I would recommend [Insights Online] to other students because it gives a great opportunity to gain skills of networking, resilience and digital skills. In addition, it allows you to connect with alumni and to hear career stories which would not really be possible otherwise. I think it has also been great in showing how to use LinkedIn and find alumni and make connections through there.

ZoeInsights student

Your Insights Online itinerary

Here's an example of what your Insights Programme might look like if you are joining us February 2022. Please note timings are examples only and all sessions (apart from Coffee Conversations) will be recorded so you can catch-up in your own time if you can't make one live.


Monday 21 Feb

Being Curious

Tuesday 22 Feb

Being Informed

Wednesday 23 Feb

Being Connected

Thursday 24 Feb

Keep Connecting

Friday 25 Feb

Reflect and Celebrate


Live Session: Discover what's out there



Task: Connect with alumni on online platforms

Live workshop: Update your CV and LinkedIn



Live session: How to get the most from this week


Live Workshop: How to network online with alumni and other professionals


Live: Informal networking practice session in your groups

  Live session: Reflect and plan next steps

Live Workshop: Asking Good Questions at your Coffee Conversations


Recording: Students who have taken part previously share top tips on speaking to alumni

Coffee Conversations: in your teams, speaking to 3-4 graduates informally


Catch up with any sessions missed  

Live: Online game/quiz with your group


Task: 5 minute personal reflection - what have you learned?

Task: 5 minute personal reflection - what have you learned?


Task: 5 minute personal reflection - what have you learned?

Task: 5 minute personal reflection - what have you learned? Task: 5 minute personal reflection - what have you learned?

You will have some resources to read and tasks to complete the week before (14-18 February) to help you make the most of your Insights experience. Please also note if you have taken part in an Insights Online experience previously that the 2021/22 Programme will be the same content as these weeks.


Early December Insights Online opens for February 2022 intake
15 December Information session online (details will be in your email invitation)
23 January Closing date
11 February Students introduced to their Insights Online groups and group facilitators, and sent resources to prepare for week
14-18 February Students prepare for experience in their online groups and get to know each other
21-25 February Insights Online takes place during Flexible Learning Week