Student Recruitment & Admissions

Widening Participation

Our Widening Participation team engages with under-represented groups throughout the student life cycle, in order to raise aspirations, support access, and encourage success and progression.

The Widening Participation team leads on the University’s commitment to be a place of opportunity for a diverse group of students – including those who have not had equal opportunity to demonstrate their full academic potential. As experienced inclusion practitioners and consultants, we engage with individuals from some of the most deprived communities and under-represented groups in Scotland and beyond.

We take a multi-faceted approach: raising aspirations, supporting attainment and applications, and aiding transitions and opportunities throughout the student experience. This includes outreach programmes with primary and secondary schools, colleges and communities; contextualised admissions; and financial, academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular and pastoral support for students while at Edinburgh and into employment.

Our colleagues from across the University are vital partners in Widening Participation, and more information about ways to get involved can be found on the Widening Participation section of the SRA website.  We also have strong partnerships with a wide range of access programmes, colleges and universities across the UK.

Our response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

From the beginning of Covid-19 the WP team quickly adapted our methods (to online) which ensured that the majority of our projects and activities have and will continue to go ahead. We are taking this as an opportunity to learn innovative and impactful ways of engaging with under-represented groups and shall embed these lessons in our practice going forward. The University remains committed to keeping Widening Participation, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the forefront in all aspects of our response to COVID-19, as we have always strived to do.

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Widening Participation

The team consists of:

Laura Cattell

Head of Widening Participation / Deputy Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions

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Lesley Stokes

Widening Participation Manager

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Dr Neil Speirs

Widening Participation Manager

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Pat Reid

Widening Participation Manager

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Kirstin Henry

Widening Participation Manager (Student Lifecycle)

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Ryan Hamilton

Widening Participation Officer (Reach Edinburgh)

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Lilian Ptacek

Art Development Officer

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Matt Lucas

Widening Participation Officer (Schools Partnerships)

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Emma Paterson

Widening Participation Officer

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Gabriele Negro

Widening Participation Officer

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Susan Forrest

WP Events Officer

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Jefferson Shirley

Data and Monitoring Officer

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