Life changing learning
How we are removing financial barriers to education and inspiring learners.
Programmed to succeed
The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is all about developing Africa’s next generation of leaders. The program allows students whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources to complete their education. The programme provides financial, social, and academic support to its scholars, including tuition fees, accommodation, books, and other scholastic materials.
Two way street
The Alumni Insights programme pairs alumni with undergraduate students as they take their first steps into work experience and start planning their careers. Alumna Briana Pegado and student Blair Rankine are two of the participants - they spoke with Edinburgh Friends about their experience.
The Scotland Scholarship in Action
Ali Khan moved to Scotland from Lahore in 2010. After gaining permanent residency, he resumed his studies, choosing the University of Edinburgh’s Chemical Engineering course. Ali has been supported by the Scotland Scholarship. Here, he explains what that has meant to him.
Breaking down barriers, building opportunities
The University of Edinburgh’s exceptional standards of education and academic excellence attract and inspire students from around the world. But we also want to connect with people who feel a university career is beyond their reach. Our outreach and support programmes engage with young people and communities to break down barriers and increase accessibility to university education. This article looks at just some of them.
The gift of an Edinburgh education
Making a world-class education a reality for the UK’s brightest students is a priority for the University of Edinburgh. One student who knows all about the opportunities at the heart of a scholarship is History undergraduate Carmen Hesketh, who has been receiving financial support since she began her studies in 2016. We spent time with Carmen and discovered the difference funding has made to her life.
Helping the pets of the homeless
For many homeless people, owning a dog provides not only a sense of purpose and source of stability but also invaluable companionship that helps prevent feelings of isolation. Yet, ensuring that their animals receive the right veterinary care is not straightforward. After the University received a generous bequest, which came with a specific instruction to support the pets of homeless people, Dr Andrew Gardiner, senior lecturer at the School, started visiting homeless hostels offering treatment and equipment for dogs.
Realising my potential
Harriet Drury explains how her decision to return to education in her 30s was helped by the support of someone who never had the opportunity to study. The decision was made possible after Harriet received a bursary that enabled her to afford the financial and time demands and of full-time study. She was 34 at the time and mother to three young children.
The power of nature
Edinburgh research into youth crime and justice, led by alumna Professor Lesley McAra, has resulted in major changes within criminal justice systems both at home and overseas. The number of older teenagers currently incarcerated in Scotland is the lowest since records began. Fellow alumnus Jamie Feilden has formulated social-justice interventions that rescue young people from the criminal justice system through a transformative rural experience.
Catriona Ellis was working on her PhD in childhood in late-colonial south India when she took on the role of part-time tutor to undergraduate students. Part of a programme that gives postgraduate students the chance to gain valuable teaching experience while simultaneously enhancing the effectiveness of the undergraduate learning experience with experienced tutoring.
Empowered by degrees
When Wendy Brooks started her new job after graduating with first-class honours in Community Education in July 2015, she closed a circle. Wendy, a single parent in her forties, is now a carer support worker at an organisation that nearly a decade earlier had helped Wendy herself gain the confidence to re-enter the education system.