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Who can participate?

Any student studying at a Scottish university or college, who attends a SISA accredited course (if you are not sure if your course is SISA accredited, speak to your lecturer) or students who have attended a SISA qualifying workshop, delivered by SIE.

* If you are a lecturer and would like to apply for  your course to be accredited, please contact for further information.

When should I apply for my Level 1 certificate? 

You should complete the online Level 1 application form AFTER you have attended an approved SISA workshop. You will be asked to complete information about the workshop and reflect on what you learned.

The SISA Level 1 application form for academic year 2020-21 can be accessed here.

When do I get my Level 1 certificate?

If your application has been successful, you will receive your certificate within 2 weeks of applying. If unsuccessful, you will be able to resubmit your application only once. The SIE team will notify you regardless of the outcome of your application.

When should I apply for the Level 2 workshop?

You can apply to attend a Level 2 workshop AFTER you have received your Level 1 certificate. Click here to access the SISA Level 2 application form.

Please note that if your Level 2 application is successful, you can also attend Level 2 and apply for Level 3 in the following Academic Year, or spread your SISA participation over the course of your degree.

How much it will cost me to participate in one of the Level 2 workshops?

If your Level 2 application is successful, you won’t have to pay anything to attend the Level 2 workshop. SIE will cover reasonable travel expenses for all students travelling to the workshop (within Scotland). For more information contact

How do I apply for Level 3? 

All participants in the Level 2 workshops will receive a link to the application form for Level 3 and will have a window of 2 months to complete it.

What happens after Level 3?

All students who successfully obtain their Level 3 Award in this academic year will be invited to an award ceremony and a follow-up workshop. They will also have the opportunity to join a community of fellow SISA Level 3 Innovation Champions and receive further guidance on how to utilise their award.

What happens with IP?

Any ideas you come up with within the programme remain your own. If you have any concerns or would like to discuss it further with someone, please contact your local SIE advisor.