Widening Access Projects

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Through our Widening Access Projects we aim to have an influence on the development of the whole learner journey.

By supporting a range of partners to develop and deliver interventions that remove barriers to participation and support transitions to Further and Higher Education we will build an evidence base of what works and what doesn’t in widening access to education.

Through these projects we support activities that ensure that those who have the ability and potential to benefit from Further and Higher Education, irrespective of their background or economic circumstances can do so.

Each project is intended to allow us to evaluate different approaches and techniques to support widening access, within the framework of our key outcomes:

  • Increasing the numbers entering FE and HE from under-represented groups;
  • Increasing aspiration to include FE and HE as a realistic option;
  • Overcoming barriers to learning and progression to FE and HE;
  • Improving students’ self-confidence and communication skills;
  • Enabling students to be better prepared for FE and HE.

 

Our Projects

For more information on any of these projects, please contact our Head of Scholarship, Gordon Hunt.

The First Chances Project aims to contribute to the national access framework, raising educational attainment and breaking down barriers to higher education.

In partnership with the Robertson Trust and Fife Schools, the University of St Andrews works with pupils from Primary 7 through their entire secondary education and into university or further education

This project uses mentoring approaches to support transition to College for school pupils from with care experience, young carers, and those from low income backgrounds.

This project uses mentoring approaches to support transition to College for school pupils from with care experience, young carers, and those from low income backgrounds.

This project aims to support vulnerable young people with care experience to be included in college, to attain qualifications, achieve and to make a positive transition to adult life by providing youth work programmes which develop their confidence and independence in tandem with tailored vocational learning.

MCR Pathways is a school based programme supporting those in or on the edges of the care system to realise their full potential through education. Supported by The Robertson Trust in partnership with the STV Appeal and the Life Changes Trust.

This project identifies SWAP students at university, trains them to become mentors and matches them with SWAP students who have just returned to education. By doing this, the project aims to raise the confidence of both the mentor and mentee.