Widening Participation


An overview of our various widening participation projects.

Access to the Professions (with Reach: Scotland)

Access to the Professions is run in conjunction with Reach: Scotland. It provides advice and guidance to eligible state school pupils in the south east of Scotland interested in applying to Medicine, Law or Veterinary Medicine. This project is a merger of two previous projects (Pathways to the Professions and Reach: Edinburgh).


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

Committed to Care Experience

At the University of Edinburgh, we welcome applications from talented students who are care leavers or who have a background in care, and we are committed to doing all we can to help students with a care experience apply to, and successfully study at, the University.

Support for student carers

We offer support to student carers before they come to university and throughout their degree

Educated Pass

Educated Pass works with local boys’ football teams to raise aspirations and awareness of Higher Education through passion for football.

Other projects

The University’s Widening Participation Team is involved in a wide variety of projects supporting applicants and current students alike.

Pathways to the Professions

From June 2018, Pathways to the Professions merged with our previous Reach: Edinburgh project to form our new Access to the Professions project.

Partnership projects

The University's Widening Participation Team works closely with internal and external partner organisations on a variety of projects supporting applicants and current students alike.

Peer Mentoring

We offer a trained peer mentor to first year Widening Participation students, to help them settle into university.

Sutton Trust Summer School

The University of Edinburgh Sutton Trust Summer School provides you with a complete, realistic and rewarding experience of student life. The 2019 Summer School will take place in July 2019. Applications will open in early 2019.

Your Ed: A Learning Partnership

The University of Edinburgh is working with a selection of secondary schools in the south east of Scotland for Your Ed: A Learning Partnership.