This cross-University scheme aims to raise the number of ‘industry ready’ graduates and encourage more young people to choose a career in the Life Sciences sector

About the Programme

The Scottish Life and Chemical Sciences Graduate Employability Masterclasses which grew out of the Glasgow Economic Leadership (GEL) Life Science Workstream has now been in existence since 2013. It has been successful in the key objectives identified by industry of:

  • Helping our life and chemical science graduates understand the diversity of jobs available to them within life science companies and organisations
  • Support our graduates in developing their career choice and pathway whilst also mentoring them on improving their job applications and CV
  • Strengthening ties between university students and staff with industry representatives

In 2020/21 the Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA) has led the management of the Masterclasses working very closely with Careers Officers and Academics. This has resulted in Masterclasses now taking place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen with 12 of the Scottish universities being involved, as well as the Scottish Innovation Centres and the Scottish Chemistry Research Pool, ScotCHEM.

500 students attended the classes across the Universities in 2021 and student feedback has been incredible, with over 95% of students attending providing positive feedback on the Masterclasses and the benefit to them in their career planning.

For more information on the program please see the Graduate Employability Masterclasses report.

2021-22 Programme Contributors

2021-22 Semester 1 Information Coming Soon!

Final programs to be confirmed for Semester 2 2022.

2020-21 Programme Contributors

Four life sciences and one chemical science masterclasses were hosted online between January and March 2021. These masterclasses were delivered by companies involved in all aspects of life and chemical sciences including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, digital health, and consultancy. We would like to thank all of our industry contributors for their continued support of this programme.

We would also like to thank our excellent chairs:


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