Widening Participation

Who we are

Details of the Widening Participation team and contact details

Laura Cattell

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

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Laura is Head of Widening Participation (WP) and Deputy Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions (SRA). SRA provides the central focus for WP policy and activity in the University and supports the University’s Widening Participation Strategic Theme to increase the proportion of undergraduate students from under-represented groups admitted to and successfully completing a programme of study at the University consistent with the maintenance of high academic standards for admission and progression.

Click on the links below for more information about Laura's work within the team:

The University of Edinburgh Strategic Plan

Widening Participation Home Page

Student Recruitment and Admissions

 

Dr Neil Speirs

Senior Widening Participation Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Neil works on a number of Widening Participation projects as a practitioner and researcher. His particular interests include: peer support, peer assisted learning, retention, returning adult learners, early years engagement and the underachievement of males. Neil is currently the external examiner for the AHEAD Access Course at Abertay Univesity.

Click on the links below for more information about Neil's work within the team:

Educated Pass

Peer Mentoring

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

Lesley Stokes

Senior Widening Participation Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Lesley co-ordinates a number of the current Widening Participation projects including Pathways to the Professions (with particular responsibility for the Medicine and Veterinary Medicine strands and overall reporting); Support for Care Leavers; and the University's work with LEAPS (Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools). She regularly liaises with Admissions colleagues across the University with regards to WP policies and potential and current applicants.

Click on the links below for more information about Lesley's work within the team:

Pathways to the Professions

Support for Care Leavers

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

Melanie Smith

Widening Participation Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Mel coordinates subject area involvement across the academic Schools for WP activities including Beath and Newbattle, Primary School project, High Flyers, LO2S (Lift Off Summer School) and Kickstart. Her role as first point of contact for the WP team includes supporting ongoing engagement with current WP projects and encouraging new developments with both internal staff and external groups such. She also oversees the Law and Architecture strands of Pathways to the Professions.

Click on the links below for more information about Mel's work within the team:

University Academic Staff Liaison

Pathways to the Professions

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

Aoife Keenan

Widening Participation Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

After starting with the team in the role of Graduate Intern, Aoife became the project officer for Reach in 2013. A collaborative project run in five universities across Scotland, Reach: Edinburgh supports potential applicants to high demand professional areas in selected schools in the Scottish Borders and Forth Valley. She is also currently coordinating the Sutton Trust Summer School.

Click on the links below for more information about Aoife's work within the team:

Reach: Edinburgh

Sutton Trust Summer School

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

Rob Davies

ACES Project Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Rob is the project officer for ACES (Access to Creative Education in Scotland), which supports potential applicants to art and design courses in selected schools in Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders. Rob holds a fine art degree, a postgraduate qualification in art and design education and Masters in Photography, all of which assist in his role in providing portfolio preparation workshops, advice and guidance for students who wish to make applications to art and design degrees.

Click on the link below for more information about Rob's work within the team:

ACES

 

Matthew McGovern

Information and Evaluation Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Matt is responsible for the data collection and analysis of all the WP projects and his work allows robust evaluation of all of our projects.

Click on the link below for more information about Matt's work within the team:

Widening Participation Projects

 

Susan Deas

WP Events Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

​Susan is responsible for the planning and organisation of a varierty of the events and project work delivered by the WP team. Her work focuses particularly on the organisation of the various summer schools, including the Sutton Trust Summer School and Kickstart.

Click on the link below for more information about Susan's work within the team:

Widening Participation Projects

 

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