What is YAS?
YAS is a membership organisation that brings together entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders, teachers and other professionals together on projects that benefit Scotland and the world. It was established by the RSE in 2011 to provide a platform for innovative young professionals to work together to address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.
YAS is a part of a growing global network of Young Academies, and we regularly engage with our worldwide sister young academies to share knowledge, support one another, and work on international projects.
What does YAS do?
YAS’s mission is to help Scotland’s people and policy-makers build a future that is equal, enterprising, sustainable, healthy, smart and international.
By sharing members’ knowledge and practical expertise, YAS investigates pressing social issues, informs public debate, amplifies marginalised voices, and drives transformational change. YAS does this through a wide range of interdisciplinary projects, led by its members.
A few of YAS’s current project include:
- Research the Headlines, a blog that investigates how research is covered in the news;
- Mosul Book Bridge, a joint initiative with Book Aid International and University College London, which is helping to restock the University of Mosul Library;
- An MSP Pairing Scheme which brings together YAS members and Members of the Scottish Parliament to build bridges for future evidence-based policy collaborations; and
- An ongoing project to create a Charter for Responsible Debate for Scotland.
YAS is also very proud of it’s At-Risk Academic and Refugee membership scheme, which welcomes members of Scotland’s displaced migrant communities into its membership. This programme has led to several successful refugee integration partnerships and initiatives and remains a priority work area for YAS.
What are the benefits of membership?
In addition to contributing to the public good, YAS strives to support the professional development of its members. Some of the benefits YAS offers are:
- Increasing members’ networks beyond their main area of work,
- Attendance at events attended by key decision-makers,
- Opportunities to work globally through collaborations with other Young Academies, and
- Access to a mentorship programme which links YAS members with Fellows of the RSE.
Who is eligible for YAS membership?
YAS members are early-to-mid career leaders who have already demonstrated outstanding talent in their work, as well as a capacity for public service. Applicants are normally expected to have at least 5 years post-qualification or professional experience and should be resident in Scotland. Members normally range in age from mid-20s to early 40s at the time of appointment.
Applicants are asked to provide evidence of professional achievement, along with broader skills and experience, such as:
- Participation in innovative and entrepreneurial activity
- A passion for interdisciplinary working
- A capacity for leadership and responsibility
- Interest in both professional and societal policy issues
- Connections and/or interests outside of Scotland
How do I apply?
Membership applications may be downloaded here—please note that you will need to register with the RSE’s website to apply. Applicants also need to seek two references, one of which must be from someone outside their current place of work.
Applications and references are due on 17 February 2020.
Where can I learn more?