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#AspirationalAdvice Competition gives Scotland’s students chance to win book vouchers

By 26th July 2016 No Comments


Over the past two years the Young Academy of Scotland and partner organisations across Scotland have been running the #AspirationalAdvice campaign on social media.

This campaign asks twitter and Facebook users to share with young people the best piece of advice they got when they were younger or the piece of advice they wish they had received. 

This growing bank of advice has helped many to aim high, dream big, lift their aspirations and achieve their hopes and goals. All of the advice has then been photographed and the images shared on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag: #AspirationalAdvice.

The campaign has had contributions from various people from media figures, politicians, academics, sports stars and many different professionals and people living in Scotland and beyond.

Now, as this campaign reaches its final weeks for 2016, the Young Academy will be offering schools the opportunity to choose their favourite pieces of advice and have a chance to win book vouchers provided by the Young Academy of Scotland Excellence in Education Working Group.

 Schools Competition

Section 1- Schools and Community Club twitter feeds (£100 book voucher)

To give your class, school or community club the chance to win between now and the end of August all you have to do is:-

Work with your school and its community and business partners to tweet out as many further pieces of #AspirationalAdvice from your own area and people living in it as you can.  Whose advice would you want to share?  What advice would help young people in your area the most?

Our judging panel will review the various pieces of advice and chose a winner from participating schools and community clubs.  Our panel will be looking at the quantity of pieces of advice gathered and moreover the quality of the contributions from communities across Scotland. 

Just remember to copy in @YoungAcademySco and use the hashtag #AspirationalAdvice

Section 2- Individual young people (under 18) (two prizes of £25 in book vouchers)

Look at the advice shared via #AspirationalAdvice.  Choose your favourite piece of #AspirationalAdvice; favourite it and retweet it; then, in reply to the tweet say why you like this piece of advice the best.

Include the hashtag #AspirationalAdviceComp in your reply so that our judges can find your entry!


Entries will be accepted up until midnight on Monday 24th October and the winners shall be announced soon thereafter.


Neil McLennan, Young Academy of Scotland member, former General Secretary and Co-Chair and #AspirationalAdvice ‘curator’

Stella Chan, Young Academy of Scotland Co-Chair and Communication Lead

Rachael Jack, Young Academy of Scotland member

Graeme Logan, Young Academy of Scotland member & Strategic Director, Education Scotland

Giles Hammond, Young Academy of Scotland Member and Excellence in Education Group Lead

Gillian Hamilton, CEO Scottish College for Educational Leadership