Widening participation

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 over 100 target schools, as well as colleges, local authorities and other organisations to support 25,000+ school pupils and 1,000+ adult learners to prepare for, apply to and succeed at university. We use a system of admissions, which is equal and fair to all, considering applicants’ individual circumstances when making offers of entry and we provide financial and on-study support for students at Glasgow.
  • Our widening participation work supports pupils in any school or college across Scotland and anyone living in a disadvantaged postcode area. We have specific provision for anyone with a history of living in care or estrangement from family across the UK, those with caring responsibilities, living with a disability or those seeking asylum.
  • 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.