Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP)
Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP) is a Scotland-wide project that aims to raise awareness of opportunities in higher education and increase the number of students going to college or university.
SHEP has four regional hubs that work with local schools, colleges and universities. Each hub offers a range of opportunities that are organised through your school (usually through your guidance teacher).
- university visits and on-campus experiences
- advice and guidance on applications, admissions and choosing a degree programme
- student mentors
- academic support
Widening access offers
If you take part in a SHEP project you may be eligible to receive a widening access offer. This means that we could make you an offer at our minimum entry requirements.
Can I join?
You can check if your school is eligible for SHEP by visiting the website for your local area:
- South East Scotland: LEAPS
- North Scotland: Aspire North
- Fife and Tayside: Lift Off
- West Scotland: Focus West
How do I join?
The University of Edinburgh's local SHEP hub is LEAPS, which stands for Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools.
If you attend a LEAPS School or are LEAPS eligible, you can find out more about how the University of Edinburgh supports you: