Widening Participation

Kickstart Summer Programme

Kickstart is a week long summer school which is free to attend and is designed to provide a fun and useful taster of studying at University.

**We are currently in the process of reviewing the Kickstart programme and we have yet to confirm whether we wil be running Kickstart in 2019. All updates will appear on this web page.**

What is Kickstart?

This programme is a collaborative project with the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Queen Margaret University and Scotland's Rural College and is funded by the local councils in East Lothian, Midlothian and West Lothian for pupils in those areas. The programme also includes school students from Dumfries and Galloway schools on a residential basis at Pollock Halls of Residence.

The aim is to provide as real an experience as possible (without the essays and exams!) and a deeper insight into some of the subject areas offered within Higher Education. During the week, subject workshops are offered from a variety of subject areas, containing a strong focus on the essential skills required to succeed in school, college or university. At the end of Kickstart, you should have a clearer idea about what you want to do when you finish school.

What happens during the Kickstart week?

During the week, participants will take part in up to eight subject workshops (lasting around 90 minutes each), covering a variety of general strands of interest (eg sciences, humanities, arts and health professions) and provided by workshop providers from all of the University partners.

These workshops will take place at a different university campus each day and participants will be expected to make their own way to the univerity campuses each morning. Participants will also take part in more general university-style tutorials covering vital skills to help you succeed at university each day and lots of fun skill-building activities. On the the last day, there will be an opprtunity to get a head start in thinking about university applications, followed by a 'graduation'.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day, and participants can also claim back the costs for travelling to and from Kickstart each day from their own schools.

To take up a place on Kickstart you must be able to commit to attending the full week.

Once places are confirmed at the beginning of May, participants will be sent the full programme and can then choose the workshops that they woudl like to do.

Who can attend Kickstart?

Kickstart is open to all current S4 and S5 pupils studying in state school in West Lothian, Midlothian and East Lothian Councils. Pupils in Dumfries and Galloway can also apply to attend: if you are from this area, check with your Guidance Teacher first to see if you are eligible.

Funding is also available for S4 and S5 pupils from three schools in the City of Edinburgh to attend Kickstart: Leith Academy, Drummond Community High School and Broughton High School (if you attend one of these schools, you will get information about how to apply for Kickstart from your school in March). Unfortunately, other City of Edinburgh schools are not funded to attend Kickstart.



Email: kickstart@ed.ac.uk

Phone: 0131 650 4359

Facebook: KickstartSummer17

Twitter: @KickstartSummer17