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.

Laura is currently on maternity leave.

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

Katrina Castle

Head of Widening Participation (maternity cover)

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Katrina is currently acting Head of Widening Participation (WP) covering materinty leave for Laura Cattell.

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

The University of Edinburgh Strategic Plan

Widening Participation Home Page

Student Recruitment and Admissions

 

Dr Neil Speirs

Widening Participation Manager

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Neil is one of the three WP managers in the team with a specific remit of the student life cycle and he is the main liaision between the WP team and the University's College of Science and Engineering. His projects focus on working with vulnerable student groups (such as care experienced applicants) as well as adult returners. He also works closely with local colleges, looking at articulation routes. He is also responsible for the Educated Pass project, which aims to engage boys' interest in Higher Education through their interest in sport.

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

Widening Participation Manager

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Lesley is one of the three WP managers in the team and is responsible for issues concerning admissions and conversion, as well as being the main liaison between the WP team and the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. She manages the Access to the Professions (with Reach: Scotland) and ACES (Access to Creative Educaiton in Scotland) projects, and also co-ordinates 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 and contextual admissions policies and potential and current applicants.

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

Access to the Professions (with Reach: Scotland)

ACES

Contextual Admissions at the University of Edinburgh

LEAPS

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

Melanie Smith

Widening Participation Manager

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Melanie is one of the three WP managers in the team and oversees the management of the WP summer schools and a wide variety of on-campus events. She is the main liaison between the WP team and the University's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science. She is also responsible for the new Schools' Partnership framework "Your Ed", working on outreach projects with target schools throughout Scotland, and oversees the WP teams' communications work.

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

University Academic Staff Liaison

Your Ed: A Learning Partnership

Sutton Trust Summer School

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

Aoife Keenan

Widening Participation Officer (Student Life Cycle)

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Aoife works on a variety of outreach projects concerned with the WP student life cycle. Her work focuses on supporting vulnerable student / applicant groups, such as care experienced young people, student carers and adult returners and she is also supports the University-wide peer mentoring scheme.

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

Committed to Care Experience

Support for Student Carers

Peer Mentoring

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

Jess Hume

Widening Participation Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Jess works on the ACES (Access to Creative Education in Scotland) and Access to the Professions (with Reach: Scotland) projects, as well as supporting the WP team's conversion activity. She also supports the WP management team with liaision with admissions teams across the University.

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

ACES

Access to the Professiosn (with Reach: Scotland)

Other WP Projects

Partnership Projects

 

Stevie McKinlay

Widening Participation Officer (Schools Partnerships)

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Stevie is mainly responsible for the development and delivery of the WP team's Schools' Partnership project "Your Ed", working with pupils and teachers within target schools.

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

Your Ed: A Learning Partnership

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

Ryan Hamilton

Widening Participation Officer (Access to the Professions)

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Ryan is mainly responsible for the Access to the Professions (with Reach: Scotland) project as well as supporting the WP management team with liaision with admissions teams across the University.

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

Access to the Professions (with Reach: Scotland)

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

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. These include the Sutton Trust Summer school and on-campus events.

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

Sutton Trust Summer School

Widening Participation Projects

 

Georgia McCormick

WP Administrative Assistant

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Georgia assists the WP team in all aspects of administration and organisation of their projects.

 

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