Inclusive Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is committed to building an inclusive and welcoming community for all.

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to reach their potential.

That’s why here at Glasgow we are proud of our long tradition of helping talented people to fulfil their ambitions regardless of their background or circumstances.

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 more than 100 target schools, as well as colleges, local authorities and other organisations to support school leavers and adult learners alike to prepare for, apply to and succeed at university.

If students have the potential, drive and ambition to succeed, we will do all we can to support them to overcome barriers and realise their aspirations.

From giving support to access university, to helping students flourish during their studies, to supporting them as they launch their career – we are with our ambitious people at every stage of their journey.

In 2022 we were awarded University of Sanctuary status in recognition of our commitment to supporting people who have experienced forced migration.We have a number of initiatives that promote accessibility for displaced people, supporting inclusivity and providing a safe environment for refugees and asylum seekers.

We offer targeted pastoral, financial and educational support, including scholarships to assist applicants to the University who are in the UK on humanitarian grounds.

We also embed a culture of sanctuary into University policies and processes, such as adjusted offers of entry for those who have experienced forced migration, and embed learning about experiences of forced migration into the curriculum.

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.

At Glasgow, we are proud of our diverse, vibrant and talented people and their ambitions to change the world.