2018 Saltire Scholar Half-Way Highlights

As our cohort of 171 Saltire Scholars reach the half way point of their internships, we have picked out some of their most notable achievements so far. Sholars are already making a significant impact on their host companies and some of the highlights include:

• This year Scholars have been set the ambitious target of raising £10,000 for the Entrepreneurial Scotland Foundation. Fundraising activities organised so far include a doughnut dash by the Barclays Scholars, hiking Mount Fuji by our Scholars in Japan, a bake sale at Amplify Energy and a sponsored climb of the O2 Arena in London by the Arthur J Gallagher Scholars.

• Scotrail Scholar, Alanah Mair, was given the task of mapping all the venues being used at the upcoming European Championships in Glasgow. Her findings will be presented to the Scotrail project team and will be used to determine the company’s strategy for the games.

• Barclays Scholar, Pamela Shah, who is based in Chennai, India has been taking part in her host company’s citizenship programme. This involved visiting a Girls' School & Orphanage where she taught English lessons to the pupils.

• Edinburgh Airport Scholar Jody Brimacombe wrote a press release to announce the commencement of a new route between Beijing and Edinburgh – her press release was published on the airport’s website.

• Coherent Scholar Stephen Armstrong, who is based in Santa Clara, has been given the responsibility of solving instability in laser optical mounts. He has analysed several designs and produced positive results which he now hopes to test in a lab environment.

• Edinburgh Airport Scholar, Allyson Boyle, has been working directly with airport CEO Gordon Watson to create a feasibility study for a new visitor centre at the airport. She was responsible for organising a research trip to Amsterdam and Hamburg airports where she toured their visitor centres and gained many ideas which she will now begin implementing at Edinburgh Airport.

• Eleanor Pollock created a presentation for the President and CFO of Rocketspace, Karl Knight, who was visiting the London office from San Francisco. She showed him what the Operations team currently do and what they were working to improve.

• Neogen Scholar Megan McFadzean, who is based in Lincoln, Nebraska, was interviewed for a segment on the local television programme, ‘Pure Nebraska’, where she discussed her role in the lab and talked about opportunities for young people in agriculture.

• GlaxoSmithKline Scholar, Erin Ewen, has been interning as a Process Flow Improvement Intern in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has carried out the task of aligning the lab’s health and safety signage to current regulations. This has increased the efficiency of lab analysts who can now identify what is in front of them at any given time and understand the precautions they need to take.

• Kristofer McAdam is interning with medical device start-up Zenflow in South San Francisco where he has been working on an investigative study. He took part in testing and was then given the responsibility of writing up the test protocol and results of the investigation; all steps which have helped to bring the company’s device to treat an enlarged prostate closer to market.

• EthosEnergy Scholar Alastair Main, based in Houston, has completed the assembly of a Pancake Accessory Gearbox and documented the process for his host company, who rarely see an assembled gearbox of this type.

• Over the last 21 days, Built Environment Exchange Scholar Ben Cruickshank has conducted over 12 meetings with BSW Timber members and various external companies across Scotland, in order to research developing a new timber technology from UK resources. He presented his findings to the company’s Board of Directors in Edinburgh and has now travelled to Heber City in Utah where he will spend the next few weeks working with Euclid timber, before bringing his learnings back to Scotland for a final presentation in September.

• Mazars LLP Scholar Colette Beagan has developed an internal newsletter for the company which will be sent out to employees on a weekly basis.

• J. Crew Scholar Eilidh Stewart, based in New York, sat in on a sustainability meeting on how to improve their care instruction guidelines in clothing, in order to become more environmentally friendly. She suggested the use of QR codes to provide more information to customers. This was noted in the official minutes and is now being considered by J. Crew for implementation.

• New England Historical Genealogical Society Scholar, Kirsty Anderson has written items for the organisation that have been distributed through their website, emails and in their journal.

• Monsanto Fund Scholar Gianluca Giammei improved his organisational skills by assisting with the organisation of an event where his host company donated $2.3 million to schools in the USA.

• Edrington Scholar Beth Aitken was given the opportunity to attend an aroma-academy training workshop with members of Edrington’s sensory panel, where she completed a test to prove she can now differentiate between whiskies.

Scholars have also been given the opportunity to attend networking events and gain exposure to executive level host company employees:

• Alice Drake and Katie Berry who are both based in Japan this summer, were invited to attend a reception at the British Embassy in Tokyo, where they had the opportunity to meet Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop and celebrate the recent agreement between the Japanese Nippon Foundation and Scottish Enterprise.

• AXA Asia Scholar Iona Cecile Thomas-Yates, who is interning in Hong Kong, was given the opportunity to attend a town hall meeting where she met group CEO Thomas Buberl.

• In the first week of their internships, Arthur J Gallagher Scholars were invited to a lunch and learn with CEO Pat Gallagher and Executive Chairman John Durkin, something only 5% of the employees at Arthur J Gallagher have had the opportunity to do.

• QB3 Scholars based in the San Francisco Bay Area attended the 5th Annual Rosenman Symposium. Here, they had the opportunity to meet many medical device start-up companies and learn about their work. • 5 Saltire Scholars based in Scotland were invited by the US Consulate in Edinburgh to attend their 4th of July Celebrations.

• Northern California Scholars were invited to attend a barbeque hosted by members of the San Francisco St Andrews Society who are sponsoring a Saltire Scholar in the region this summer.

• London Scholars were invited along to attend Entrepreneurial Scotland’s inaugural London Connect event.

• Hong Kong based Scholars, Sara Horvath and Andrea Hernandez Castano attended a British Chamber of Commerce event at Pinsent Masons, with Entrepreneurial Scotland Asia-Pac Advisory Board member Vincent Connor.

• Our Boston-based Scholars were invited to attend a BBQ hosted by Saltire Trustee and CEO of host company Brammer Bio, Mark Bamforth.

• Jabil Scholars based in Florida had the pleasure of attending a lunch and learn with retiring Chief Financial Officer and GlobalScot Forbes Alexander

• Azzurri Group Scholars based in London had the opportunity to attend the Zizzi 2018/19 Business Launch where they heard from the CEO, CFO and other departmental heads and learnt of the company’s performance over the last year.

• Barclays Scholars based in Glasgow had a meeting with James Alexander, Head of Wealth Operations in London, Glasgow, Geneva, Monaco and Chennai, where he gave them plenty of advice on how to get the most out of their internship experience.