Widening participation events

The Widening Participation (WP) team run events throughout the year specifically targeted at the needs of WP students. As WP students you will have questions and issues that others don’t. It could be you don’t know what university will be like or know anyone who’s been to university before. It could just be that you have a lot of things to think about such as managing money, caring responsibilities, or living on your own and don’t know where to start. We want to help with that.

You can always find us at the big university events, such as open days and offer holder days, staffing information stands and providing tailored information sessions to help you make your way through the journey to university.

We also run events and information sessions just for you and your parents, carers, teachers and advisers to help you work out what support is available to you.

Listed below are our current events – keep checking back throughout the year for more information. If you would like a specific information session or want us to come and speak at your school, college or colleague meeting just get in touch and we’ll help where we can –

Offer Holder Days – Edinburgh campus

At this year’s offer holder days on the 22 and 29 April there is a Widening Participation zone, staffed by WP team staff and student ambassadors. Somewhere you can chat to people who understand your situation and are happy to help no matter the question, big or small.

There’ll be short sessions providing practical advice on getting ready and what university is like. You can also meet our named contact for care experienced students, estranged students and student carers – Emilie Dufresne - along with current students with these backgrounds.

There might even be cake, but you’ll need to come and see us to find out!

Sign up now using the booking form below, and remember to tick the box saying you want to find out more about joining from college, low income etc. You’ll get more detailed information on the programme once you book.

If you can’t make the 22 or 29 that’s ok – there will be WP staff and students at the offer holder days on 25 March or 15 April manning an information stand.

Book your place

How to make the most of offer holder days

We realise that some people might not know what to expect from an offer holder day or how to get the best out of a visit, so we thought we’d run a session to help. On the Wednesday immediately before each of our offer holder days we’ll be running a short online session on how to get the most out of your day: -

  • Wednesday 22 March (for Saturday 25 March offer holder day)
  • Wednesday 12 April (for Saturday 15 April offer holder day)
  • Wednesday 19 April (for Saturday 22 April offer holder day)
  • Wednesday 26 April (for Saturday 29 April offer holder day)

This will include an idea of what will be available on the day, tips on how to plan your day and ideas of questions you might want to ask. If you would like to attend a session about our Offer Holder Days, please register your interest.

In the meantime, please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have – email us at We’ll also be there on the day for questions and advice. Just ask for Tracey, Emilie or one of the Widening Participation (WP) ambassadors or look out for the blue t-shirts.

Information day for advisers

At the end of May we will be running a session for advisers and third sector workers on all things university. It will cover things like how to read entry requirements, what support is available to students and routes into university. We will also provide information on what we can offer to help you support your students.

This event is aimed at 16+ and DYW co-ordinators, SDS staff, student support staff and third sector colleagues. A date will be finalised by the end of February and we will send out information on the programme then. If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email

Key information

Widening Participation team