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Former research scientist, Nadeem Kardar, is on track for a future career in teaching thanks to the support from the STEM Bursary. 

Funded by the Scottish Government, and administered by Skills Development Scotland (SDS), the £20,000 bursary supports people looking to change careers and become secondary school teachers of in-demand science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects.

Nadeem, who lives in Edinburgh, is looking for a change in direction and a career based nearer his family after several years working away from home. 

“Previously, my career was very specialised, and I moved to different parts of the UK for work, coming back home at weekends. 

“Teaching offers a much more stable career in the one location which is likely to be closer to home.” 

He’s now studying his PGDE in secondary education at Edinburgh Napier University to become a chemistry and science teacher.  In his previous roles in higher education, Nadeem has been able to develop his teaching skills – and he’s keen to apply these in his new career.   

Nadeem explained: “It’s a challenging course, but I am blessed to have many of the skills required already. 

“The career prospects are good and will give me the lifestyle I am looking for.” 

Edinburgh Napier is one of nine universities offering the bursary to students.  Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Highlands and Islands, Strathclyde, Queen Margaret and West of Scotland are also participating.

Returning to studies and changing career wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the STEM bursary, according to Nadeem:   

“It’s hard to go ten months without any source of income when you’re trying to support yourself – never mind a family too.  That’s why the STEM bursaries are so helpful. 

“Thanks to the support of the bursary, I can be at home with my family – I am already enjoying the benefits.”   


Nadeem is on track to complete the PGDE in May and plans to begin his probationary teacher placement in late summer. 

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