March 20th 2018 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh



Cirrus Logic

Cirrus Logic is a leader in high performance, low-power ICs for audio and voice signal processing applications. Our products span the entire audio signal chain, from capture to playback, providing innovative products for the world’s top smartphones, tablets, digital headsets, wearables and emerging smart home applications. With headquarters in Austin, Texas, Cirrus Logic is recognized globally for its award-winning corporate culture. Check us out at



The SCHOLAR Forum is a not-for-profit partnership between Heriot-Watt University and The Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES).  The partnership was established in 2000 to provide high quality interactive online materials for Scottish schools, enhance classroom practice and manage a national CPD programme in e-learning and educational technology for teachers.

More than 30 online highly interactive SQA courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher levels are available in a range of STEM, business and language subjects including Mathematics and English

Since its inception, SCHOLAR allows Scottish students a unique opportunity to study anytime and anywhere and supports learners and teachers to fulfil the aims of Curriculum for Excellence. 

All 32 Local Authorities, 32 independent schools and 5 Regional colleges in Scotland subscribe to SCHOLAR.  It currently registers over 130,000 students and 10,000 teachers making it one of the world’s largest e-learning programmes for schools.


Breakout Session Sponsors

West College Scotland

West College Scotland is modern, ambitious and innovative.

With over 20,000 students and 1,200 staff, we are Scotland’s largest college. This large scale allows us to provide greater choice to students, better facilities and enhanced services.

We play a key role in supporting our communities, working with five local authorities across the West Region and providing courses to 4,000 school pupils in College, in school and online.

We also provide training for a huge range of business partners, from small- and medium-sized local companies to some of the biggest companies in the world. We are an enterprising college, with partners from across the globe, including China, Vietnam, Finland and Brazil.

We offer a huge range of courses – full-time, part-time, evening and distance learning – all designed to help our students get a job, keep a job or get a better job and to help businesses with their training needs.


University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland is one of the country’s largest modern universities, and aims to have a transformational influence on the economic, social and cultural development of the West of Scotland, and beyond. We aim to make the communities we serve more successful, and to create opportunities for all to participate. UWS has a distinctive and important regional role, with four campuses across the west and south-west of Scotland: Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley and a fifth campus in London.

UWS provides relevant, high quality, inclusive higher education and innovative and useful research. The University has six academic schools spanning Business & Enterprise; Education; Engineering & Computing; Health, Nursing & Midwifery; Media, Culture & Society; and Science and Sport. Across our campuses we offer a wide range of academic, social and sporting facilities and deliver a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees

Digital World

Digital World is an initiative to promote careers in the digital technology industry. It has been developed by Scotland's digital technologies sector and Skills Development Scotland. Our aim is to meet increasing demand in the jobs market to support the long-term tech industry in Scotland. We want to inspire people to challenge convention and make a difference with tech. That’s why we highlight the amazing ways digital technology betters lives, and showcase Scotland’s worldwide success stories in the sector.




Our vision is to create a truly distinctive, world leading innovation centre for industrial biotechnology (IB).  We will accelerate and de-risk the development of commercially viable, sustainable solutions for high-value manufacturing in chemistry-based and life science sectors.  In doing so we will establish an innovation and growth engine yielding substantial economic impact and delivering increasing and sustainable wealth creation, prosperity and employment.

A critical component to the successful development of IB in Scotland will be the availability of a skilled workforce.  IBioIC is delivering the following all-encompassing educational programme that the industry is demanding which includes a new HNC/HND Industrial Biotechnology qualification in collaboration with Forth Valley College and Glasgow Kelvin College, drawing upon the experiences and skills of our PhD student STEM Ambassadors, a collaborative MSc in Industrial Biotechnology, a range of PhD Studentships at Universities across Scotland and a STEM programme available on request to any Scottish school. 


Forth Valley College

Forth Valley College is a leading provider of education offering a wide range of courses and training opportunites.   They welcome approx 14,500 students per academic session with 94% of learners progressing to a positive destination upon completion of their course.

The College has state-of-the-art campuses in Alloa, Falkirk and Stirling.   Their courses range from access to degree level and include full-time and part-time courses, school link provision, evening classes, flexible and online learning, vocational qualifications and business training courses.   

The College holds STEM Assured Status – an industry led quality mark awarded by the STEM Foundation which recognises excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths provision. 

They also won the Association of College’s Beacon Award for Innovation in FE 2014 and a TES (UK) FE Award in 2016 for ‘Best Teaching and Learning Initiative’. 


Fife College

Fife College recognises the importance of STEM to ensure our future as a knowledge intensive economy and is working to develop robust yet dynamic partnerships that provide strong pathways from secondary education through college and into employment.

As part of the Fife Economic Partnership, we are developing a coherent strategic approach to STEM which is driven by industry, to ensure that the education and skills delivered within Fife are able to drive forward growth and success within science, technology and engineering related industries.

Fife College drives high quality STEM learning opportunities to ensure relevant skills and education for Fife people and the Fife economy. By working in partnership with industry we can support the long-term economic growth of Fife and beyond, and give our young people the skills and education to compete for courses wherever they choose.


Leckie & Leckie

Leckie & Leckie is Scotland’s leading education publisher and part of HarperCollins UK. We aim to provide support & guidance for Scottish secondary students & teachers alike.  We create market-leading classroom & revision resources for S1-3, National 4, National 5, Higher & Advanced Higher.