Open Glasgow

We are inspiring people with ambition to succeed at university and beyond. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to reach their potential. 

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That’s why here at Glasgow we are proud of our long tradition of helping talented people to fulfil their ambitions regardless of their background or circumstances. 

Through our widening participation work we encourage, prepare and support students who are under-represented in higher education to achieve entry to university. We work with around 100 partner schools, as well as colleges, local authorities and other organisations to support school leavers and adult learners alike to prepare for, apply to and succeed at university.

If students have the potential, drive and ambition to succeed, we will do all we can to support them to overcome barriers and realise their aspirations.

From giving support to access university, to helping students flourish during their studies, to supporting them as they launch their career: we are with our ambitious people at every stage of their journey.

Our history of openness at Glasgow stretches back over the centuries. After being refused entry to university in his own country because of his race, James McCune Smith came to study at Glasgow. In 1837 he became the first African-American to receive a university medical degree. He was influential in more than just medicine, however. He was a dedicated and committed slavery abolitionist.

At Glasgow, we are proud of our diverse, vibrant and talented people and their ambitions to change the world.