Widening Participation


Full list of Widening Participation projects for secondary school pupils.

Reach Edinburgh

Reach Edinburgh is a multi-exit programme, supporting eligible S4-S6 pupils in local state schools who are considering pursuing degrees or careers in law, medicine or veterinary medicine.

Access to Creative Education in Scotland (ACES)

ACES Edinburgh is a multi-exit programme, supporting eligible S4-S6 pupils in local state schools who are considering pursuing degrees or careers in art, design or architecture.


YourEd is our secondary schools partnership scheme designed for schools and pupils who may feel unsure if the University of Edinburgh is for them. We take the University to them: sharing our resources and expertise to bring them into our University community at an earlier stage.

Educated Pass

Educated Pass works with young males from working class communities that play for local youth football teams. Using their commitment to athleticism, we engage the players – and bring relevancy to - school curriculum and societal issues through the lens of football.

Sutton Trust Summer School

For S5/Year 12 pupils from underrepresented backgrounds who attend state schools across the UK. Every summer we offer a free residential week for 120 pupils aimed at providing a complete experience of student life at a Russell Group University.

The Brilliant Club

For primary and secondary school pupils. A research-led schools programme providing an experience of university-style learning by mobilising our PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools.

Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS)

The Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS) promotes higher education amongst young people whose school careers have been affected by adverse economic or social circumstances or who come from communities with little or no experience of higher education.

Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP)

The Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP) supports regional collaboration between schools, colleges and universities to increase progression to higher education in both colleges and universities.

Careers Events / 'So You Want To Be A...'

Events which offer potential applicants from Widening Participation (WP) backgrounds an insight into competitive professional degrees at the University of Edinburgh and the subsequent careers.

Science Insights Summer School

A summer work experience programme, designed to give school pupils a real insight into the work and life of research scientists across different areas of biological, biomedical and animal sciences.

School talks, parents evenings and Higher Education conventions

Staff from the Widening Participation (WP) team deliver schools talks on a range of topics including application advice and attend school parents evenings and higher education conventions.

University Insight Days

Campus experience days or sessions offered to schools from across the UK who fulfil various Widening Participation criteria.

S1-3 Professions Information Sessions

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Sessions designed to inform and inspire S1-3 pupils, who may be considering courses and careers in law, medicine, veterinary medicine, art, design or architecture.