Widening Participation

Who we are

Details of the Widening Participation team and contact details

Our office is now closed and all staff are working from home.

All face to face campus and outreach activity has been cancelled until further notice. We are working with partners and exploring options for alternative ways to support our applicants, offer holders, and students during these challenging circumstances.

In the meantime you can contact us on wpteam@ed.ac.uk or contact individual members of the team via our emails as detailed below. 

Our normal working hours remain Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Laura Cattell

Head of Widening Participation / Deputy Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Laura is Head of Widening Participation (WP) and Deputy Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions (SRA). SRA provides the central focus for WP policy and activity in the University and supports the University’s Widening Participation Strategic Theme to increase the proportion of undergraduate students from under-represented groups admitted to and successfully completing a programme of study at the University consistent with the maintenance of high academic standards for admission and progression.

See below for more information about Laura's work within the team:

The University of Edinburgh Strategic Plan

Widening Participation Home Page

Student Recruitment and Admissions

 

Dr Neil Speirs

Widening Participation Manager

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Neil is one of the three WP managers in the team with a specific remit of the student life cycle and he is the main liaision between the WP team and the University's College of Science and Engineering. His projects focus on working with vulnerable student groups (such as care experienced applicants) as well as adult returners. He also works closely with local colleges, looking at articulation routes. He is also responsible for the Educated Pass project, which aims to engage boys' interest in Higher Education through their interest in sport.

See below for more information about Neil's work within the team:

Educated Pass

Peer Mentoring

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

Lesley Stokes

Widening Participation Manager

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Lesley is one of the three WP managers in the team and is responsible for issues concerning admissions and conversion, as well as being the main liaison between the WP team and the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. She manages the Reach Edinburgh and ACES (Access to Creative Education in Scotland) projects, and also co-ordinates the University's work with LEAPS (Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools). She regularly liaises with admissions colleagues across the University with regards to WP and contextual admissions policies and potential and current applicants.

See below for more information about Lesley's work within the team:

Reach: Edinburgh

ACES

Contextual Admissions at the University of Edinburgh

LEAPS

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

Melanie Smith

Widening Participation Manager

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Melanie is a WP manager  and leads on the team's early aspiration and engagement work including overseeing our widening access summer schools and wide variety of on-campus and online events and projects for school pupils and teachers.  She is responsible for the new school partnership project Your Ed and collaborates with external organisations including The Brilliant Club and the Social Mobility Foundation.  Melanie is the main liaison between the WP team and the University's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science (CAHSS)  supporting  its WP Champions and  WP work. She leads on the WP team's communications and training programme and is a trained Coach, Equality & Diversity Trainer and Stonewall Ally. She leads on a 'working with schools' group bringing together expertise,  good practice and support for university-wide colleagues involved with school-aged outreach. 

 

 

Jess Hume

Widening Participation Officer (ACES)

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Jess works on the ACES (Access to Creative Education in Scotland) project, as well as supporting the WP team's conversion activity. She also supports the WP management team with liaision with admissions teams across the University.

See below for more information about Jess's work within the team:

ACES

Other WP Projects

Partnership Projects

 

 

Ryan Hamilton

Widening Participation Officer (Reach Edinburgh)

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Ryan is mainly responsible for the Reach Edinburgh project as well as supporting the WP management team with liaision with admissions teams across the University.

See below for more information about Ryan's work within the team:

Reach: Edinburgh

Other WP Projects

Partnership WP Projects

 

Emma Paterson

Widening Participation Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Emma works on a variety of WP projects, including developing activities for prospective Law students through the Reach Edinburgh project alongside Ryan and colleagues at the Law School.  She has a background in science communication and delivering CLPL for teachers.

See below for more information about Emma's work within the team:

Widening Participation Projects

 

Susan Forrest

WP Events Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Susan is responsible for the planning and organisation of a variety of the events and project work delivered by the WP team. These include the Sutton Trust Summer school and on-campus events.

See below for more information about Susan's work within the team:

Sutton Trust Summer School

Widening Participation Projects

 

Jefferson Shirley

Data and Monitoring Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Jefferson is involved in a variety of aspects of data analysis and monitoring across all of the work of the WP team. He is responsible for producing annual statistical reports on our projects, including those funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

Widening Participation Projects

 

Matt Lucas

Widening Participation Officer (Schools Partnerships)

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Matt supports the development and delivery of the new cycle of "Your Ed", our school partnership project.

Your Ed: A Learning Partnership

 

Gabriele Negro

Widening Participation Officer

  • Student Recruitment and Admissions

Contact details

Gabriele supports the WP team across a whole range of projects, including Sutton Trust Summer School, ACES, REACH, YourEd.

Widening Participation Projects

 

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