Edinburgh Medical School

Widening participation

Edinburgh Medical School wants to attract a wide range of applicants from different social, cultural and educational backgrounds.

We work with schools where relatively few students go on to higher education and with students  who will be the first generation of their families to go to university.

If you think this is relevant to you and are interested in studying medicine, there are two projects which may be able to help you.

Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS)

LEAPS is a local outreach programme raising awareness of opportunities in higher education and aims to increase the number of students going to college or university.

Find out more about LEAPS 


Reach Edinburgh is a project for eligible secondary state school students in S4-S6 in the south east of Scotland who are interested in studying law, medicine or veterinary medicine at university

The team can support eligible students through all stages of the pre-application and application process for medicine.

Reach Edinburgh


Joana Rodrigues, Year 4 medical student and Mentorship Director at In2MedSchool, hosts a lively discussion with two Edinburgh clinicians, both of whom were the first in their families to go to university. 


  • Dr Shahida Din, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.
  • Dr Gilly Flemming, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, NHS Lothian.

Voice Box theme music by medical student Alex Lewthwaite.

Recorded January 2023.



Elson Musenga is a medical student who went through both the LEAPS and Reach (formerly known as Access to the Professions) programmes. Watch our interview with him, which was filmed specially for World Access to Education Day 2018. 


Related links

Access Edinburgh

Widening Participation website

Reach Edinburgh