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Pupils inspired to consider their future

The University is working with local schools to explore with pupils their options later in life.

Through a range of projects, staff at Edinburgh are seeking to encourage young people from all backgrounds to consider applying for university.

In this film, pupils at Canal View Primary School in Edinburgh's Wester Hailes district hear from Dr Neil Speirs about what going to university is all about.

Widening access

The visit coincides with the release by Universities Scotland of a new report on widening access to higher education.

The report highlights key actions for universities to take over the next few years.

These would help address discrepancies in the take-up of higher education opportunities between different social groups.

Informed choices

The initiative is one example of a large number of similar projects run by the University.

These aim to help raise aspirations and educational attainment among prospective students from under-represented groups.

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 SpeirsWidening Participation Manager

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Widening Participation

Working to Widen Access report