Widening Participation

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 2018 Summer School will take place in July 2018. Applications are now open and will close in March 2018.

Who can attend?

The University of Edinburgh's Sutton Trust Summer School is open to students in S5 (Scotland), Year 12 (England or Wales) or Year 13 (Northern Ireland), who have always attended a state-funded school or college.

You are more likely to secure a place if:

• you have achieved at least five grades at either A or 6 at GCSE, or five A or B passes at National 5, and where applicable have taken subjects relevant to the subject stream applied for

• your parents have not been to university

• you have been eligible for free school meals or EMA

• your school or college has a low overall Higher/Advanced Higher, A-level, (or equivalent) point score, a low rate of progression to higher education and / or an above average free school meal status

• you live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression rates to higher education and/or a high level of socio-economic deprivation

Priority will be given to applicants who are (or have been) looked after, accommodated or in care.

Academic Programme

Academic sessions are designed to be challenging and inspiring. In 2018, attendees will be able to study two of the following subjects throughout the week: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science (Informatics), Ecological and Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, English Literature, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology. Each subject is led by an academic expert, supported by University teaching assistants, and delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials. The programme includes challenging and engaging academic sessions in these two subject areas; project work in one of these subject areas; sessions on other essential aspects of student life; and a full social programme.

Note that not all subject combinations are available. 

Other Activities

Student group leaders work with pupils throughout the week to ensure they feel at home and get the most out of their time in Edinburgh. As well as the academic and social programmes on offer, attendees have the opportunity to find out about other key aspects of the university experience such as how to write an excellent UCAS application, what social societies and clubs they could join at university, and the career paths open to them on completion of their degree.

There will be a varied schedule of social activities for you to choose from with something to suit everyone. Social activities for 2018 are still be confirmed - in 2017 these included: a scavenger hunt, an Edinburgh Ghost Walk, a ceilidh workshop and some free time to explore the city.

By the end of the week we hope you will have gained a complete insight into university life and have had a lot of fun along the way too.

Why Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is a beautiful and unique city and you’ll have the chance to explore it, living and studying on our campus in the centre of the city. Founded in 1583, our students and staff have been making their mark on the world ever since. You will be taught by leading academics and current students will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

How to apply

Applications for the 2018 summer school are now open and will close in March 2018 . Visit the Sutton Trust's own website for more information:

Sutton Trust UK Summer Schools 

What is the Sutton Trust?

The Sutton Trust identifies and pilots programmes to help non-privileged children, undertakes independent and robust evaluations, and scales up successful programmes, often on a national scale. They help fund summer schools in nine highly selective universities in the UK. You can find out more about their work by visiting their website - link below.

The Sutton Trust


Susan Deas

Widening Participation Events Officer

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