First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was bowled over by our community science event. She stepped up to bat in an experiment to measure the speed of a cricket ball at Meet the Researcher, which gave school pupils a chance to meet researchers and learn about science.

Representatives from voluntary, third sector and social enterprise groups attended the Gorbals fun day, alongside children from Holy Cross Primary in Govanhill.

This is a brilliant initiative and shows the importance of the work carried out by universities to our daily lives. Science impacts on every single area of our lives. We need more young people to want to grow up to be the scientists and researchers of the future.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP
First Minister of Scotland

Hundreds of schoolgirls explored careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) as we continued our drive to encourage more young women into the field. Around 470 girls from 23 schools tried fun workshops in areas such as robotics, games design, coding, building, and water treatment, and heard from women working in STEM from GCU and industry leaders such as EDF Energy, BAE Systems, Babcock International Group, Thales and GSK about their own journeys.

Student journalists scooped prizes at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards. Selena Jackson hit the headlines winning Student Journalist of the Year and Feature of the Year, David Brockett picked up the award for Sports Journalism Story, and Stephen Couse won the new Mobile Journalism category in association with BBC Scotland.