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Community-engaged student learning

Student-led Workshops

Our connections with the local community offer a richly rewarding learning experience for students at The University of Edinburgh.

We offer opportunities for postgraduate students studying science communication and undergraduate biology students to design science workshops in partnership with one of our local schools.


MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement

Our Community Engagement Manager Dr Cathy Southworth leads the experiential course on STEM Education that forms part of the University of Edinburgh’s science communication programme.

Each year our local primary school hosts 20+ MSc students studying science communication. The students observe the young people in the school setting (to get to know their audience) before designing and piloting an engaging hour-long science workshop. The students then take the workshops forward, creating a resource so that others can run the workshop, which forms part of their assessment.

Over 8 years running the course we’ve seen lots of fun STEM! From a real life Archimedes, beard and all, to making Harry Potter wands that light, pollination role-play, volcanoes… the list goes on.

The University of Edinburgh science communication programme

Undergraduate Students

We offer a ‘Public Engagement’ project option for fourth year honours Biology students. Partnering with one of our neighbouring secondary schools the projects revolve around creating a workshop on a cutting-edge science theme.

Studying Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh