YOUNGSTERS at an East Renfrewshire secondary school have had the chance to connect with Scotland’s leading scientists and academics to learn about further education and careers in medical science.

Students at Eastwood High School in Newton Mearns were able to get involved in Medical Research Scotland’s (MRS) virtual academy as part of a plan to address the shortage of STEM skills in Scotland by providing students with an interactive experience and exposure to medical research.

S4, S5, and S6 pupils at the school were able to join the academy every Friday morning for a month to watch live-streamed interactive lessons.

Throughout the course, youngsters received a range of “inspiring and insightful” presentations from scientists, lecturers, and PhD students whose studies were funded by MRS.

Professor Heather Wallace, chair of Medical Research Scotland, said: “As chair, I take pride in Scotland’s rich heritage of producing world-class research scientists who have made ground-breaking discoveries and contributed to global health achievements.

“The goal of the Medical Research Scotland Academy is to inspire and foster connections between the next generation of aspiring medical professionals and valued academics in Scotland.

“We have witnessed the immense enthusiasm for medical science among school leavers from various schools across the country, and it is truly gratifying to see.”