Widening Participation

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.

For further information about any of these projects, please contact the appropriate team member.

Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS)

LEAPS is an outreach schools programme aimed at raising awareness of opportunities in higher education.

High Flyers

High Flyers is a fully-funded university experience week delivered in partnership with LEAPS (Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools) and partner institutions: the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University and Queen Margaret University.

Lift Off (Fife and Tayside Widening Access Forum)

Lift Off is a regional initiative focussing on priority schools in Fife, Perth and Kinross, Angus, Dundee and Tayside.

Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP East)

SWAP brings together colleges and universities in Scotland to work together developing access courses that address the needs of mature students from backgrounds previously under-represented in higher education. Since the launch of SWAP in 1988 more than 30,000 adults have taken the SWAP route to return to study.

Work with adult learners - Centre for Open Learning

About the Centre for Open Learning's work with adult learners.

BA in Childhood Practice

Our BA in Childhood Practice part-time degree programme is aimed at those wishing to mix study with work.


A range of scholarships help new students experiencing financial difficulties take up their place of admission at the University of Edinburgh.