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Ambitions & priorities: Low progression schools

We fund two national schools programmes to help schools with few pupils going on to higher education – Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP) and Access to High Demand Professions (AHDP).

Widening access

SHEP supports regional collaboration between schools, colleges and universities to raise awareness of and aspiration to higher education (HE) to increase progression to HE from schools with traditionally low rates. The programme supports the Senior Phase of Curriculum for Excellence, focused on S3 to S6. The programme covers four regions:

AHDP is a group of seven institutions funded by SFC to help individuals from low progression, low socio-economic or under-represented backgrounds to apply to high-demand subjects at university. The programme has two branches - REACH (access to law, medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry) and ACES (access to creative education, Scotland).

Project partners

REACH (access to Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Economics)

University of Edinburgh, University of Aberdeen, University of St Andrews, University of Dundee and University of Glasgow.

Institution contacts [PDF]

ACES (access to Art, Design and Architecture)

University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Art), Glasgow School of Art, University of Dundee (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design) and Robert Gordon University (Gray's School of Art).

Institution contacts [PDF]

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