Summer school proves a success

Fifty-five young people have completed a summer school at the University of Edinburgh which introduces university life to pupils from widening participation backgrounds.

This is the first year that Edinburgh has run the scheme and because of its success, further summer schools are expected to roll out in 2014 and ’15.

The Sutton Trust improves educational opportunities for young people from low and middle income homes and helps increase social mobility.

These week long summer schools aim to demystify higher education and to equip pupils with the knowledge and insight to make high quality applications to selective universities.

New scheme for the humanities

The Edinburgh Sutton Trust Summer School is led by the University’s College of Humanities and Social Science.

Students attended two academic classes every morning in a range of subjects including History, Economics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Politics and English Literature.

In the afternoon they learned about the university experience. University staff and current students gave talks on how to apply to university, admin processes, budgeting and what to expect from life as a student.

They enjoyed a range of fun activities in the evening and had a chance to explore Edinburgh city centre.

I’ve loved my week in Edinburgh - it’s been action-packed! Both the academic side and the social side of the school were great. It made university seem much less scary and I can’t wait to apply next year.

Monica, 17 from LeedsSutton Trust Summer School student

UK-wide initiative

The Sutton Trust is a Think Tank founded in 1997 by Sir Peter Lampl, which identifies and pilots programmes to help non-privileged children; undertakes independent and robust evaluations; and aims to influence Government education policy and education spending to improve educational opportunities for young people from low and middle income homes.

More than 1,700 students across the country took part in the The Sutton Trust Summer Schools this year.

Other universities offering the course include Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Imperial, King’s College, Nottingham, St Andrews, and UCL.

Related Links

Widening Participation – Overview

Widening Participation projects at Edinburgh

College of Humanities and Social Science – Summer Schools at Edinburgh

College of Humanities and Social Science – Overview

The Sutton Trust