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About StartSmart

Wherever you plan to study for your degree, this two-week programme will help you to prepare for your transition to university. Join our StartSmart community in Edinburgh this July (8-19 July 2019) to experience undergraduate-level study, learn key academic skills required at university and meet new friends in a welcoming and supportive environment. Gain confidence and get university ready before you begin! 

StartSmart is for LEAPS-eligible students who have submitted a UCAS application.
Interested? Please see below for more information and complete the online application form at the bottom of this page to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday 14 June 2019, places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Academic Skills: The Student Perspective Academic Writing: The Tutor Perspective Presenting Evidence: The Student Perspective

Academic Skills and Subject Streams

During StartSmart you will study the Academic Skills course (this is a compulsory course for all students) plus one subject stream of your choice, which you will explore from an interdisciplinary perspective. You will be supported by current undergraduate student mentors throughout the programme, as well as a dedicated student support team. You will have the opportunity to work as part of a group within your chosen subject stream to create an academic poster, and you will gain valuable feedback from academics on your work which you can take with you to university. 

Find out more about our Academic Skills course and the subject streams on offer below:

Academic Skills
The Academic Skills course is designed to ease your transition to, and prepare you for success in, your future studies. As a higher education student, you will be expected to work effectively as an independent learner and to develop and then display a new range of academic skills. Compared to school, you will also find a less hierarchical relationship with staff, more time spent working collaboratively, and a greater emphasis on constructing your own knowledge and ideas. In this course you have the opportunity to try these new skills and ideas out with practical strategies and guidance from current students and university staff. You will be able to apply what you learn in the Academic Skills course during StartSmart and later in your university studies. Course themes include: academic writing, critical thinking, presenting evidence, feedback, discussion and presentation skills and effective research. Watch the Academic Skills film above to hear about the course in the words of previous students!

Biology & Health Sciences
Can handwashing and exercise save you from the zombie apocalypse? Join us and find out how by developing your expertise in Health, Biological Sciences and Human Physiology. The Biology and Health Sciences subject stream is designed for students considering studying in the areas of Biomedical Science, Applied Microbiology, Biological Sciences, Sport and Exercise Science or Physical Activity and Health. Students will be taught through lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions at Edinburgh Napier University's Sighthill Campus. The teaching team are Dr George Chambers, Dr Eva Malone and Dr Mark Ross (all Edinburgh Napier University staff).

Business and Management
The Business and Management subject stream seeks to introduce students to the study of management, examining business and marketing practices and processes. Students will gain an understanding of key concepts and theories within business and marketing, and their practical application to real-life situations. The stream will cover the following topics:  introduction to business and marketing; strategy; consumer behaviour; the marketing mix; operations; accounting. Students will be taught through a mixture of interactive lectures and various individual and group activities. Lectures will be based in the Lister Teaching Building, part of the central campus at the University of Edinburgh. Lectures will be delivered by Mike Pretious and Mary Ho.  Mike is a Senior Lecturer in Business Management at Queen Margaret University and Mary is a Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Edinburgh. Simulating a teaching and learning experience akin to first-year level university study, this subject stream is particularly suited to students pursuing degrees in business, management, marketing, accounting, and finance.

Computing and Maths
The Computing Studies and Maths subject stream will be taught using a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and practical sessions. You will be taught the Maths sessions in the Lister Teaching Building at the University of Edinburgh and the Computing sessions at Heriot-Watt University. The staff on this stream will be George Kinnear, Lecturer in the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, and Benjamin Kenwright, Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University.  You will have the chance to experience learning and teaching in these subject areas and more detail will be provided later in the spring. If you are planning to study Computing, Robotics, Computer Games, Software Development, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics or Applied Maths then this stream is for you.

Engineering
The Engineering subject stream will include sessions from Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical and Energy and Environmental Engineering. You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and will be based at Edinburgh Napier’s Engineering facilities at their Merchiston Campus. Jay Hoy of Edinburgh Napier University will coordinate this stream and it will be relevant to those planning to go on to study Engineering or Physics at any university.

Humanities
The Humanities subject stream will include sessions about Film Studies, English and History. You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, tutorials, discussions and film viewings.  The stream will be led by David Kaufman, Lecturer in History at the University of Edinburgh, Pasquale Cichetti, Lecturer in Film Studies at Edinburgh Napier and Christine Robinson, retired Lecturer in Scots Language at the University of Edinburgh. You will have the chance to experience learning and teaching in this area with intertwining topics and themes. This stream is for you if you are planning on studying courses related to History, English/Scottish Literature and Language, Film and Media, Philosophy, Art History, Classics, Languages, Ethnology etc.

Law and Criminal Justice
The format of the Law and Criminal Justice subject stream will be lectures and tutorials. The stream will be taught by Lindsay Jack, Senior Teaching Fellow, Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh and Emily Mann, PhD Candidate, Edinburgh School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Edinburgh. Course content will include an introduction to Scots law, advanced arguing, problem-solving using the law, an introduction to the criminological imagination and thinking critically about criminal justice and injustice. Students with an interest in law going on to study humanities-based subjects will find this course a good fit. Don’t panic if you’re a scientist with a penchant for law and order, though – that logical thinking and problem-solving will hold you in equally good stead for learning about the law. How do individual experiences of the criminal justice system relate to wider social structures? Discover your criminological imagination and critical analysis to better understand and problematise the injustices in the way the criminal justice system operates. From young people interacting with police officers on the street to the sentences judges give in court rooms, our criminological imaginations help us to think critically about how overlapping social identities and related systems of oppression, discrimination and domination colour criminal justice (or injustice!). Since the law touches almost every single aspect of our lives, it’s hard to imagine someone NOT interested in it. But then we are self-confessed legal geeks. Come and join us!

Social Sciences
The Social Sciences subject stream will take a range of issues and look at how we can address them from three different social science perspectives: geographical, psychological and sociological. With lectures and tutorials held at the Lister Teaching Building at the University of Edinburgh, we will look at how these three subjects connect and inform each other. This course will be led by Rowan Jackson, PhD Candidate, School of Geosciences, the University of Edinburgh, Barbara Piotrowska, Lecturer in Psychology at Edinburgh Napier University, and Emily Mann, PhD Candidate, Edinburgh School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Edinburgh. This stream would be a good fit for you if you plan to go on and study Social Sciences, Geography, Psychology, Politics, Social Policy, International Relations, Sociology, Archaeology etc.

Time Commitment

This two-week course will run from 8-19 July 2019. Please see below for a sample timetable (to be confirmed). 
As well as academic sessions you will also take part in a varied social programme, giving you the opportunity to relax with new friends. Evening sessions will include refreshments.
Attendance across the two-week programme at all sessions is mandatory. If you have caring responsibilities that may make this difficult, please contact us to discuss this.

StartSmart Week 1:

8 -12 July 2019

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Morning

10.00am – 12.30pm

 

Introduction & Academic Skills

Academic Skills

Academic Skills

Academic Skills

Academic Skills

Afternoon

2.00pm – 4.30pm

 

Subject Stream

Subject Stream

Subject Stream

Subject Stream

Subject Stream

Evening

5.00pm – 7.00pm

Accommodation check-in (if applicable)

Social Programme

Social Programme & Student Support

Project Work

Project Work

Social Programme

 

StartSmart Week 2:

15 -19 July 2019

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Morning

10.00am – 12.30pm

Academic Skills

Project Work

Project Work

Support Session

Feedback & Feedforward

Afternoon

2.00pm – 4.30pm

Subject & Project Support

Project Work

Project Work & Academic Poster Submission Deadline

Academic Poster Group Presentation Session

Celebration!

Evening

5.00pm – 7.00pm

Student Support & Project Work

Student Support & Project Work

Social Programme

Social Programme

Accommodation check-out (if applicable)

 

More information:

  • This opportunity is available to LEAPS-eligible students who have submitted a UCAS application.
  • It will take place at university venues across Edinburgh within Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.
  • It is funded by LEAPS and there is no charge to attend.
  • Public transport travel costs are covered by LEAPS (see details on the application form below).
  • Accommodation costs are covered by LEAPS (limited spaces are available and this will be allocated on a needs basis, see details on the application form below).

Interested? Please complete the online application form below to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday 14 June 2019, places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

If you have any problems or queries, please contact us.

StartSmart Application Form:

Please complete the form below to apply for a place on the 2019 StartSmart programme.

Personal Information

This should be a passport-style head and shoulders shot in which your face is clearly visible (no sunglasses or hats) and can be taken with a mobile phone or a camera (no selfies!). It will be used for ID and will appear on your student card which will give you access to university facilities.

Academic Information

Accommodation & Travel Information

Accommodation
We have 15 residential accommodation places available, which will be allocated on a needs basis. Students staying in accommodation will have their own bedroom within a self-catered university flat at Darroch Court. Flats typically contain 5 individual bedrooms alongside a shared kitchen and a shared bathroom. Accommodation is provided for the duration of the programme (check-in 7 July - check-out 19 July 2019), and residents can come and go as they please. The cost of accommodation is covered by LEAPS though it is expected that students will provide their own food, however, if you think this may be a barrier please get in touch with us to discuss the support we can offer. A residential assistant will be available throughout the programme to support students staying in accommodation.

Travel
Please also complete the below section indicating your travel preferences for the duration of the programme. This is helpful for us to know in case you are not allocated, or if you do not want, an accommodation place.
Public transport travel costs will be covered by LEAPS and will be arranged on an individual basis. This could be in the form of a train or bus pass/tokens. It is not recommended that you use your own personal transport to travel to and from StartSmart - we will not cover the cost of mileage or parking.

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