Widening Participation

About ACES

Find out all about the ACES project.

What is ACES?

ACES (Access to Creative Education in Scotland) is a project which provides encouragement and advice for students who may be under-represented in universities and who are considering applying to art and design based courses. Throughout Scotland, ACES is provided by:

University of Dundee

The University of Edinburgh

The Glasgow School of Art

Robert Gordon University

ACES at Edinburgh

ACES at Edinburgh is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh's Edinburgh College of Art. Working closely with LEAPS (Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools) we will provide educational activties and support for young people from the target schools listed below.

ACES Information Leaflet


Who Can Join ACES (Edinburgh)?

ACES at the University of Edinburgh works with pupils in the following schools in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders:

  • Alloa Academy
  • Armadale Academy
  • Bannockburn High School
  • Bathgate Academy
  • Broxburn Academy
  • Castlebrae High School
  • Craigroyston High School
  • Deans Community High School
  • Drummond Community High School
  • Eyemouth High School
  • Forrester High School
  • Gracemount High School
  • Grangemouth High School
  • Hawick High School
  • Holy Rood High School
  • Inveralmond Community High School
  • James Young High School
  • Lasswade High School Centre
  • Leith Academy
  • Liberton High School
  • Lornshilll Academy
  • Musselburgh Grammar School
  • Newbattle High School
  • Preston Lodge High School
  • Ross High School
  • St Augustine's High Shcool
  • St David's High School
  • St Kentigern's Academy
  • St Margaret's Academy
  • Tynecastle High School
  • Wester Hailes Education Centre
  • Whitburn Academy

If you attend any of the above schools and are considering applying to courses in art and design in the future, you can join ACES (Edinburgh). Follow the link below to register for ACES.

Register for ACES

If you’re not a student at one of these schools, don’t worry, as you may still be eligible to be involved, depending on your home postcode. If you’d like to check your eligibility, please contact the ACES (Edinburgh) project officer - details below.


Rob Davies

ACES Project Officer

Contact details