Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Widening Participation

Widening Particpation is about attracting the very best students from a wide range of backgrounds. It is essential to raise aspirations among students from under-represented groups.

Students taking part in a widening participation project

Widening Participation (WP) to higher education is a strategic priority for the UK and Scottish governments, the higher education sector in general and the University of Edinburgh in particular.

WP aims to address the discrepancies in the take-up of higher education opportunities between different social groups.

We therefore work to raise aspirations and educational attainment among prospective students from under-represented groups, to:

  • prepare them for higher education
  • ensure success on their programme of study
  • improve their employment prospects
  • open possibilities for postgraduate study
  • give them opportunities to return to learning throughout their lives

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