The University of Aberdeen has a long-standing commitment to Widening Access to Higher Education.  As an Institution we aim to create an outstanding and inclusive educational environment, to ensure every student has the opportunity to reach their potential. We try to raise aspirations and thus improve access to Higher Education particularly for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are keen to encourage people from the widest possible range of backgrounds to participate in university studies, and we appreciate that not all applicants have the same opportunity to meet our typical entry requirements. For this reason we take certain “contextual information” into account when deciding on the exact grades we might require in any given case. This might include information about whether an applicant has had health problems or a disability, has been homeless, is a care leaver/estranged or a care giver, attends a school where a low proportion of pupils normally go on to higher education, lives in a deprived area as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation, has attended or is eligible to attend widening-access programmes. Where information of this kind appears on the UCAS application, it may allow us to make an offer at our minimum level.

We work with individuals, Primary and Secondary Schools, and Further Education Colleges to support learners at every stage of their journey. Our work is centred around a number of initiatives aimed at different audiences.