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Project information

GSA Widening Access Programmes

The GSA believes the opportunity to undertake study shouldn't be determined by social or financial circumstances. Widening access activities include working directly with young people in schools, supporting prospective students, providing support once they are here.

The project is on-going

Charity information: The Glasgow School of Art

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  • Need


    Creative potential is not the preserve of any particular economic or social group. At the GSA we are committed to ensuring opportunities for talented people regardless of their background. We recognise that there are many potential barriers to achieving a place at the Glasgow School of Art, and to completing the course of study, and we are committed to intervening at an early stage to inspire and support potential students.


    The Glasgow School of Art has a dedicated Widening Access Team that runs a series of programmes to identify those with the talent and potential to benefit from the GSA educational experience; to support applicants and those hoping to apply in advance and during the application process; to provide a smooth transition to studying at the GSA and to support those students throughout their period of study.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To inspire individuals with talent from all backgrounds to apply and to thrive in their experience


    » Deliver high quality engagement and support with a wide network of local schools

    What success will look like

    Success will be increasing the number of students from Widening Access social/economic backgrounds applying to study at the GSA, and the proportion completing their degree

  • Impact


    The Widening Access Programme will underpin the target which the GSA has set of increased numbers of students coming from non-traditional socio-economic backgrounds
    We will demonstrate the success of this project by monitoring the number of applicants, conversion rate from applicants to students and completion rate for those defined as coming from a widening access background. We will also measure success through both student and staff feedback.


    The principal risk is lack of sufficient funding to deliver all of the elements of the programme. We seek to mitigate this risk by building long term relationships with donors and statutory funders.


    The programmes and successes will be regularly reported through the GSA website, and performance monitoring in terms of targeted outputs will be reported through the annual operational plan monitoring process which will in turn be reported in the annual report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £80,000 Access Widening access programmes
  • Background


    Glasgow is the Commonwealth Games Host City 2014; it was City of Architecture & Design 1999, European City of Culture 1990 and is famed for its museums and galleries. It is a cultural centre for Scotland; the base for the national opera company, the national orchestra, and the national ballet company. It is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities; a creative and artistic hub. And in the city centre, The Glasgow School of Art feeds the creative lifeblood of Glasgow.


    This project will benefit all of those with the talent and ability to benefit from an education in fine art, design or architecture at The Glasgow School of Art who may not have the inspiration, confidence, or support due to social or economic background.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Glasgow School of Art is one of the foremost higher education institutions in Europe in the field of visual arts. Our widening access team have a proven track record established over many years of supporting students from widening access backgrounds to achieve a place to study at the GSA and to prosper in their studies.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alan Horn

    Alan Horn is the Director of Development for the GSA.