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Pupils inspired to aim high

University staff are working with local schools to nurture aspiration.


Throughout the year, University staff can be found in local schools, encouraging young people from all backgrounds to work hard at school to expand their career options.

This can take the form of subject-specific workshops in history, Latin, music or science.  It also includes classes on thinking about going to college or university, and how to apply.

Recently, Dr Neil Speirs from our Widening Participation team spent a morning with pupils at Canal View Primary School in Edinburgh's Wester Hailes district, urging them to consider embarking on further or higher education when they leave school.


As ambassadors for higher education, we want young people to know that university is open to everyone with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background. By working closely with pupils, we’re helping them to make more informed choices about what they do when they leave school.

Dr Neil Speirs, Widening Participation Manager, University of Edinburgh


The initiative is one example of a large number of similar projects run by the University which aim to help raise aspiration and attainment amongst pupils.

Find out more

Find out about the University's commitment to Widening Participation

Science Insights in local schools

History for schools

Literacy through Latin