April 2020

Published: 30 April 2020

As part of National Theatre at Home, you can watch both versions of Frankenstein on the National Theatre’s YouTube channel; Benedict Cumberbatch performing as the Creature from 30 April and Jonny Lee Miller performing as the Creature from 1 May. Benedict Cumberbatch recorded a special introduction to it yesterday . . .

Published: 30 April 2020

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has introduced a new online portal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to connect people with thousands of free-to-access online learning materials. The site has been designed with the support of the Open University in Scotland providing access to its award-winning OpenLearn platform of free courses - including hundreds of employability and skills related courses many of which offer digital badges.

Working closely with learning providers, additional opportunities will be included in the coming weeks and months.

Published: 30 April 2020

A message for S5/S6 from Claire at EY:

I hope you are keeping well during this time,

I work in the student recruitment team at EY. We are one of the Big Four Global Professionals Services companies and we help other organisations make better decisions about business, finance and technology. We’re still open for our 2020 Business Academy work experience and Apprenticeship programmes in our Edinburgh office.

On Tuesday 12 May 2020 from 4-5 pm, we are hosting an insight webinar for you to find out more about EY, our programmes available for you and our application process.

You can register for the webinar online!


Published: 29 April 2020

East Lothian plan to develop a cycle path in the grounds of the new East Lothian Community Hospital. As  they do this, they would like to get the views of people who walk, cycle or scoot in Haddington and the surrounding area.

The path would provide a link between the Haddington to Longniddry cycle path and Hospital Road, providing better access to both the town pathways and the A199. It would be suitable for cycling, walking and scooting.

Please help East Lothian Council by filling in this quick questionnaire to help us understand more about how people would use the path and what would make it a good path.

Published: 22 April 2020

Earlier this week, SQA shared further details on the awarding and delivery of results for 2020. This includes more information for schools and colleges on the process of providing estimated grades for cancelled exams.
SQA is in regular discussion with UCAS and universities to help students progress on to the next stage of their education or employment, and are working to ensure students receive their results by 4 August 2020

Like other recent announcements, UCAS want to reassure you that universities and colleges are expected to treat applications fairly and consistently, and to consider these grades in the same way as any other qualifications. The Confirmation and Clearing processes will run broadly similar to previous years.

UCAS recognise that students may have questions about their qualifications, applications, and future studies.
On Thursday 23 April 2020, at 3 pm they are hosting a Q&A for students in Scotland live on Facebook.

The panel of experts on hand to answer their questions include:

  • Dr Gill Stewart, Director at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
  • Gillian Simmons, Head of Admissions at Edinburgh University
  • Grant Ritchie, Principal at Dundee and Angus College
  • Clare Marchant, UCAS Chief Executive

Don’t forget, as it’s a live panel, students will need to join the session on Facebook at 3 pm in order to be able to have their questions answered,
Invites have already been sent out by UCAS so this is a reminder of the event.

Published: 21 April 2020

Watch Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure HERE, brought to life on stage and filmed live at London's National Theatre. It's a dark and stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper's granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor's feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Polly Findlay, is streaming for free on demand until 23 April. Perfect for families with children aged 10+.w

Published: 16 April 2020

Insight to EY Webinars and drop-in series are being held throughout April. Hosted by the EY Student Recruitment team, they will cover an introduction to EY opportunities for you. There will be an insight into the application process with EY top tips.

Each Wednesday, insight talks will run from 4 pm – 4:30 pm followed by a 30 minute Q&A from 4:30 pm – 5 pm. This will be a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and learn more from us and each other. 

Register on the EY website for one of the insight talk dates below:

  • Wednesday 15 April 2020
  • Wednesday 22 April 2020
  • Wednesday 29 April 2020
Published: 16 April 2020

Applications for the 2020 M&G Apprenticeship Programme are open. Applications will close in the last week in April.

A live online coaching sessions will take place on Friday 17 April 2020, exclusive to Scottish candidates. You will have to register via Eventbrite and then join M&G online via mobile or laptops (M&G will use audio and video facility to connect).  They will provide an overview for each of the advertised roles, explain the recruitment process and provide practical hints and tips that will help you through the process. The session will also give you the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have about the programme, roles or recruitment process. 

Published: 08 April 2020

If you are going to university and applying to the Student Awards Agency Scotland this year the SAAS Application Help 2020 video that they have produced may be useful to you.

Published: 03 April 2020

Courtesy of the British Red Cross, some materials and activities on the Power of Kindness.

Published: 02 April 2020

Watch the premiere of brilliant James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors tonight at 7pm. Available for seven days here

Published: 01 April 2020

Resilience - a skill for life, learning and work and one we all need to master.

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