Details of the Widening Participation team and 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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