Edinburgh Local

Informing choices and planning futures

We support and advise local pupils considering going to university, and their parents and advisers.

Students walking through the meadows.

Our Student Recruitment team goes to schools and colleges all over the country offering advice and guidance to those considering making the transition to higher education.

We offer presentations, activities and events which will help prospective students make the choices which are best for them.  In addition, we tell them more about the opportunities available at the University of Edinburgh and help them navigate the application process.

One of the most important aspects when considering whether or not to choose to go to university is to ensure that the right subject choices are made early on at high school so pupils have the appropriate qualifications for the degree they wish to study.  Dropping key subjects too early can reduce study options at university.

We can offer advice and guidance through:

  • presentations to pupils, parents, teachers and college students;
  • attendance at careers events in schools;
  • organising visits to our campus for groups of students;
  • training and events for teachers and careers staff.

We organise three on-campus Open Days each year which help prospective applicants see what it might be like to study with us.  At these events, visitors can listen to talks about subjects they are interested in studying, tour the buildings and facilities, and meet the staff.

For prospective applicants from under-represented groups, our Widening Participation team can offer additional activities and support, from outreach at primary, secondary and/or college level, to obtaining relevant work experience, to targeted application and admissions advice, through to our policy on contextualised admissions and advice about funding.

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Teachers and Careers Advisers wishing to know more might like to sign up to a student recruitment newsletter sent each term at: