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After COVID-19 we need equality more than ever: personal experiences

On World Access to HE day, SFC’s Dr Bernadette Sanderson's blog on Scotland’s new National Schools Programme includes a range of testimonials and statements to show the positive impact on students.

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FOCUS West Emma CairnsFOCUS West has been pivotal for me in terms of looking at higher education; had I not been involved in the program I doubt I would have considered universities outside of Scotland, never mind the best universities in the world. The support the FOCUS West team has provided is launching me into an entirely new sector of my life that would not have been achievable otherwise. There is nothing that opens up access to higher education like this in Scotland, and the confidence and skills that the program gives to students sets them up for life.

Emma Cairns, John Paul Academy, Glasgow – graduating 2022 from Duke University, North Carolina, USA

The LIFT OFF programme has helped these school pupils from Dundee, Angus and Fife [PDF].

And here are some further links to university websites with student stories of their own widening access experiences:

Amy, former LEAPS student and volunteer

Denny, former LEAPS student tutor

Louise, former LEAPS team member

Sophie, former LEAPS volunteer and student tutor