DYW – Upcoming Events
University of Aberdeen School of Engineering Taster Day Friday 28th February 2020
The University of Aberdeen’s School of Engineering would like to invite pupils to their upcoming Engineering Taster Day.
This event is open to S4 & S5 pupils who are considering studying Engineering. The event will take place on Friday 28th February at the Fraser Noble Building, University of Aberdeen. Timings are TBC but the event is expected to run from 10am-3pm approximately.
The event will include a number of taster sessions, information on admissions to university, and opportunities to meet Engineering Students and Staff.
There is only 5 spaces available. Information on transport will be confirmed once places allocated. Please register your interest to Lisa Innes, DYW Co-Ordinator, Fraserburgh Academy by Monday 10th February 2020.
Medicine and Medical Sciences Conference – Event for S5 pupils 20th March – Aberdeen Medical School
The University of Aberdeen Medical School would like to invite S5 pupils thinking about Medicine or Medical Sciences to their upcoming Medical Conference event. The event will take place at the Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Campus on Friday 20th March 2020. The event will run from 10am-3.30pm. Pupils will have the opportunity to hear from Doctors working across hospital and community settings. Current Medical students at Aberdeen will give pupils an insight as to what it is really like to study Medicine. We will also have sessions on the UCAT, working as a Medical Scientist, and Admissions to Medicine.
Each pupil who would like to attend the event should register online individually using the online booking form.
Please note that lunch will not be provided so pupils should bring their own packed lunches.
If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Innes, DYW Co-ordinator, Fraserburgh Academy.
University of Aberdeen School of Medicine Event Invitation – Medicine Information Evening for Parents and Carers S2-S4
The University of Aberdeen School of Medicine would like to invite parents and carers to their upcoming Medicine Information Evening on Thursday 5th March. This is targeted at parents and carers of S2-4 pupils who are considering studying Medicine at University. The event will feature a range of key speakers including Doctors, Medical Students and the Admissions Lead for Medicine. We will discuss some of the main aspects of a degree in medicine, career opportunities, and subject requirements. We will also share information on the application and selection process for medical school.
Nuffield Research Placements 2020
Reminder that the online application system for Nuffield Research Placements 2020 is open.
The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year pupils who will be sitting their Highers in 2020 and who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) and Social Science/Humanities subjects at that level. The placements help increase confidence and improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing and presentation skills. Placements also provide students with excellent experiences & skills to include on CV’s and personal statements. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students.
The Nuffield Foundation are aiming to widen access, focusing on economic and social deprivation, and have found that students who come from lower income families, or whose parents have not attended higher education, benefit most from the scheme. In light of this, the scheme is now only open to these students (and priorities are placed on students eligible for the bursary). This means our charitable funding is targeted where it will have the greatest benefit. It also means that they will have fewer unsuccessful applicants.
To be eligible to apply for a Nuffield Research Placement, students must:
- Be over 16 years old
- Be in full-time state-funded education in the UK
- Have at least 5 National 5 / GCSEs (or equivalent) at Level B / 6 or above, including maths, a science subject and English (or another humanities subject)
- Be studying one or more Scottish Higher, A-level (or equivalent) in science, technology, engineering, economics, geography, psychology, computing, statistics or maths
- Be able to spend several weeks (4-6) of their summer holiday working on a research project
Students must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:
- Come from a family with a combined household income of below £30,000 a year
- Be entitled to free schools meals, either now or at any time in the last six years.
- Be the first in their immediate family to participate in higher education (not including any older siblings). This means neither of their parents/carers have participated in higher education, either in the UK or another country. If their siblings have attended higher education, but their parents/carers have not, they are eligible.
- Be living, or have lived in, local authority care
***There is now an eligibility checker on the application system so that students can check whether they are eligible or not, before beginning the application.
Summary of the process:
- Students apply by completing an online application which can be accessed on the Nuffield Research Placement webpage at https://www.nuffieldresearchplacements.org/ The application has various sections – personal details, education, personal statement, teacher reference, parent consent, bursary application (if appropriate).
- When registering, students insert an email address of the teacher who is to provide them with a reference. The system automatically initiates an email to that teacher to allow them to add reference.
- After the closing date, (February 25th 2020) applications will be scored, matched to placement projects available/suitable (where possible) and the appropriate applications will be forwarded to various supervisors for their consideration.
- If a student and/or teacher has contact details of anyone in local industries/organisations who could offer a placement project, they can include the details on their application; they can then follow this up to check suitability.
- If successful matched and accepted to a project by the supervisor, the student is then offered the project.
- Placements normally take place at the end of June, July or early August. The student will normally be working Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) for 4, 5 or 6 weeks. Students should therefore be made aware that is quite a big commitment.
- All students will receive reasonable travel costs to and from their placement. Students who are eligible for bursary will receive an additional £100 per week of placement.
- Successful students are required to submit a report at the end of their placement and are invited to display their work in poster format at a celebration event in Edinburgh, taking place at the end of August / early September.
PLEASE note – there are a limited number of placements available and as such an application does NOT guarantee a Nuffield placement.
More information on the Nuffield Research Placements scheme can be found at http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/nuffield-research-placements
Dundee Dental Insight 2020 – S5 pupils
After three successful years, Dundee Dental School are opening their doors again to potential undergraduate applicants who are hoping to gain further insight and experience into the world of DENTISTRY.
What is Dundee Dental Insight?
This unique 3 day programme gives S5 school pupils the opportunity to shadow current dentistry students within the dental hospital, gain hands on experience in the phantom head room and labs and receive talks about the application process with current students reflecting on their experiences of applying to dental school. In this current academic year the programme will be running from 1st – 3rd June 2020.
To be eligible the pupil MUST:
- Be a S5 secondary school pupil studying in Scotland at the time of the programme
- Be on track to achieve the minimum entrance requirements to study dentistry at the University of Dundee which can be found at http://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/ug/dentistry/#info-entry-requirements
- Provide a suitable reference from a teacher stating why this pupil would be a good candidate for this course which should be emailed directly at email@example.com
- Show a keen interest in attending dental insight and motivation to study dentistry. The pupils will be asked the following questions on their application form in order to assess their suitability for the insight programme:
- Why do you want to study dentistry?
- What do you wish to gain from the dental insight programme?
How to apply
Applications will be opening on Sunday 23rd February at 6pm and will close on Sunday 1st March at 6pm. Pupils who are not successful but do meet requirements will be placed on a waiting list.
To apply, pupils must complete an application form which can be found at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1B5m3nZ-ByRPLcLUGzHSc2IMOKUHJqxyzvFOcr27d6pM(please note this link will not work until we open applications on the 23rd February) AND must send a reference from a teacher by the deadline stated above. References are the responsibility of the school pupil to ask their teacher to send a reference. The Dundee Dental Insight team will not contact teachers to ask them for a reference, the pupil must arrange this and ensure it arrives by the deadline. Any references arriving after Sunday 1st March will not be considered, and applications rejected (unless in cases of special circumstances)
- There is no charge for the programme itself but please note that travel and accommodation will notbe provided. We are currently the only dental school in the UK to offer this programme so it’s not to be MISSED!