New centres to widen educational opportunities

A ground-breaking new collaboration will provide more educational opportunities for young people in areas of Edinburgh and Glasgow traditionally associated with social deprivation.

New learning centres will be established in Craigmillar and Govan, offering educational support to young people aged 7-18.

The centres will provide after-school academic tuition, mentoring and programmes to enable young people achieve their ambitions.


The project is a collaboration between the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and education charity IntoUniversity. 

The initiative is based upon a shared concern for children growing up in poverty and a belief in the power of education to transform young people’s lives. 

Working closely with local schools, colleges and other agencies, the centres will provide invaluable long-term support for young people, their education and their journey towards employment.

The centres will complement both universities’ widening participation activities, providing community-based support to young people on their doorstep. 

A total of £2.7 million has been raised by the universities to fund the two centres for a pilot period of five years. 

 We are proud to be part of this ambitious and important project. It is a major milestone in helping us unlock and nurture the potential of young people, regardless of their background. The impact will create a wider benefit not only for the individuals, but also for their families and communities, the universities or colleges they might attend, and for society as a whole.

Professor Peter MathiesonPrincipal and Vice-Chancellor, the University of Edinburgh

We are delighted that this new partnership with the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh is enabling IntoUniversity to serve young people in Scotland. The learning centres will use the power of education to lift young people out of poverty, opening up new worlds of possibility. We look forward to working in partnership with local schools, colleges, third sector organisations, businesses and councils, along with the Universities, to bring this project to fruition.

Dr Rachel Carr OBECo-Founder and CEO, IntoUniversity

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