SULSA is committed to supporting lifelong learning and equal opportunity to access skills development. Through our multiple skills training programs we are raising awareness of careers in the life sciences and supporting researchers in realising and unlocking their potential.


SULSA's Careers Month

SULSA’s Careers Month offers careers and skills training to build upon our Post-Academic Careers database which aims to raise awareness of the various jobs available to life science researchers and the skills required for these roles.

Date: Annually over the month of November

Target Audience: open to researchers from all levels


Forging Futures Scheme

This scheme aims to support and develop a cohort of researchers by enabling them to explore the opportunities available to them in academia and industry and equipping them with the tools to work effectively between the two.

Date: this scheme will run every two years with applications opening every second August

Target Audience: open to Post Docs and PhD Researchers


Graduate Employability Masterclasses

Industry-led masterclasses for undergraduate and postgraduate students across Scottish universities. Students will be taken through the industry life cycle from concept to consumer, learn about career opportunities in life sciences, and build their professional network.

Date: Various dates from October – March annually

Target Audience: open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from Scottish universities


Advanced Therapies Networks

Until mid-2023 SULSA represented the Scottish Advanced Therapies Network as part of the UK ATN and is part of the Life Sciences Scotland Industry Leadership Group, aiming to deliver on a National Growth Strategy for Scotland in this area. SULSA led a consortia across Industry, Universities, and Colleges as one of the three UK National Training Centres, within the Advanced Therapies Skills and Training Network (ATSTN), funded by the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult. We delivered re/upskilling training courses codesigned across the education and industry sector with support from our Scottish skills and enterprise agencies.

Read the full report and find out more on our Skills Development pages.


Wider Engagement

SULSA works in partnership with Scottish Government, the Scottish Funding Council and Skills and Enterprise agencies to support skills delivery more broadly across Scotland and to improve the flow of talent into our life sciences sector.