Beyond School

Linking universities with schools to support language learning.

Supporting schools

"The Working Group recommends that [...] languages departments in universities play a greater role in working with schools."

Language Learning in Scotland: A 1+2 Approach (Scottish Government, 2012)

School support activities from Scottish universities

This table provides a single point to discover how Scottish universities can support language teaching in schools across the country. Teachers are encouraged to follow the links and contact details below to access these opportunities.


Type of activity

Contact details 


A variety of activities 
Visit the university website

Edward Welsh

Sonia Domingo


Business and Languages in the Digital World
Annual competition for Dundee schools. A joint initiative between Dundee local authority and the University’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS), organised between Languages (School of Humanities) and School of Business.
CASS Day for primary school pupils 
Annual event for Dundee primary schools attending workshops in CASS-based subjects , amongst them languages workshops (normally, French , German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese…)
School tutoring programme 
Placement programme for students in schools in Dundee and surrounding areas aiming to assist teachers in Primary / Secondary / Nursery schools. (Languages and other subjects)
More information
Distance learning courses 
In French, German , Spanish, Chinese and Gaelic. ( Graduate Diplomas GTCS accredited for teachers). 
More information
CPD workshops 
Language modules as part of MA in Education ( School of Education) 
Language promotion events with Goethe Institut 
On ad hoc basis, involving University students in school.

Marion Spöring (German) 

Brigitte Edelston (French, Chinese, Gaelic)

Mayra Crowe (Spanish)


A variety of activities
Visit the university website

Peter Dayan


A variety of activities
Visit the university website

Penelope Morris

Heriot Watt

A variety of activities with specific focus on interpreting and translation
See university website
Annual multilingual debate
More information
SCHOLAR online revision workshops and materials
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Isabelle Perez


Languages in the Workplace
Languages Learning: the Transition from School to University
More information

Mary Fischer            

Open University

Young Applicants in Schools (YASS)
YASS is a unique opportunity for S6 students in Scottish schools to bridge the gap between school and full-time university through independent learning. Run by The Open University in Scotland, YASS offers motivated and able students a chance to study a range of university level modules in school alongside their other studies. Language options are available in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese.
More information

Page Munro


Language Linking Global Thinking 
(Partnership with NUS Scotland, Project Trust, British Council Scotland and SCILT) 
Linking up of local schools with University Stirling students of Education currently teaching abroad under the Language Assistant scheme.  Aiming to promote language learning in Secondary schools and increase pupils’ knowledge of another country.  
More information

Jean-Michel DesJacques


St Andrews

Visits to and from local schools
Master classes, taster sessions and subject-specific as well as career talks; CPD events, auditing of lectures and seminars, invitations to attend student productions of plays and film viewings etc.
Student Shadowing scheme
Organised locally at School level as well as across the University to enable students to get a fist-hand experience of what life as a University student is about.
Diary of events
Overview of Language activities (including those organised by students and the various Language Societies) suitable for pupils and teachers from local schools to engage in.
Taller programme
An annual one-day workshop for Scottish teachers of Spanish, tailored for topics studied at Higher and Advanced Higher levels.
Languages Open Days
Regular range of activities from language tasters and mini lectures to games, songs and films as well as an interactive tour of MUSA, the museum of the University of St Andrews, designed to give pupils an insight into life as a Language student at University and to promote the importance of language learning for personal and professional development.
Module ID4002
Interdisciplinary module open to final-year students in semester one and providing direct teaching experience through a mentoring scheme with teachers in local schools.
Language Competitions
WORD WIZARD spelling competition organised in conjunction with SCILT.
More information
Involvement in various summer schools

  • Sutton Trust: The scheme, aimed at helping young people fulfill their desire to progress to higher education, operates for a period of one week per year and focuses on those Scottish school pupils who may have become the first generation of their families to attend university or who attend schools which have little history of generating pupils who progress to university.

  • First Chances: The rationale behind First Chances is for the school to select ten pupils at the start of S3 who they feel can be aided in raising their aspirations and attainment. Pupils attend a residential summer school at the University and then over the period of the year, with the help of St Andrews student mentors, complete a project report and deliver a PowerPoint presentation. At the start of S4 the pupils return for phase two of their residential experience to take part in feedback sessions, academic workshops as well as a graduation ceremony.

  • Reach: The University of St Andrews works with Fife secondary schools to support S4 – S6 pupils. Reach members receive support and guidance throughout the university application process, aiming to give pupils the tools, know-how and confidence to stretch themselves and succeed in higher education. The Reach Project at the University of St Andrews provides advice regarding school subject choices and a variety of events and workshops to learn more about studying a variety of subjects.

Annette Zimmermann



Language Ambassadors Programme
School visits for Secondary / Primary schools aiming to raise the profile of languages amongst pupils and promote further study of languages both at school and university.
More information
Language Taster days
Shadowing scheme where pupils follow a language student on a typical day at university, attending lectures, tutorials, oral classes…
CPD courses
Certificate in Continuing Education for Spanish and Italian.
More information

Cédric Moreau (Language Ambassadors)

Lidia Acosta (Spanish)

Paul Hare (Italian)


A variety of activities with focus on Gaelic 
More information

Donna Heddle


Engineering and education students Erasmus projects
Student and school links to support the 1+ 2 policy in schools 
CPD for teachers

More information

Laurence Giraud Johnstone

SCILT postcard

Thinking about continuing with languages when you leave school?

This postcard is designed to highlight the advantages of continuing language learning to complement future studies, whether at college or university, and to highlight the options available. It will be particularly useful for supporting senior pupils make choices about their paths beyond school.

University of Strathclyde Education Scotland British Council Scotland The Scottish Government
SCILT - Scotlands National centre for Languages