Young Strathclyder

Young Strathclyder is a programme of long-term sustained contact and support for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds throughout their compulsory schooling and is designed to raise awareness of higher education, support attainment, and offer learning opportunities.  

Supported by Strathclyde student mentors, many of whom are from widening access backgrounds themselves, pupils participate in a range of engaging and interactive educational activities, helping them to build a sense of belonging and confidence within a Higher Education setting and to maintain a focus on their post-school goals through advice and guidance on subject choices and career opportunities.  

Pupils receive credit for completing activities as they progress through the different levels of the Young Strathclyder programme and will have the opportunity to engage in tasks on sustainability, entrepreneurship and health & wellbeing, as well as finding out about the different courses and careers that relate to each of Strathclyde’s faculties.

You can learn more about the programme in the following video:


There are three main stages of the programme: 

Young Strathclyder: Primary

The 2022/23 pilot of the Young Strathclyder Primary programme involves 850 P6 and P7 pupils from 10 primary schools in the Glasgow City Council area. Working with student mentors, both in-school and on-campus, pupils complete interactive activities based on each of Strathclyde’s four faculties. After completing the programme, P7 pupils are invited to a Graduation ceremony at the Barony Hall on the Strathclyde campus. In the coming years, the programme will expand to include working with P5 pupils and more primary schools in the Glasgow City Council area.   

Young Strathclyder: Secondary 

The Young Strathclyder Secondary programme will begin in 2023/24. S2 Pupils from 8 Glasgow City Council high schools will attend the Strathclyde campus for a day, working with staff and students from across all four of the University’s faculties and finding out in more detail about the specific areas of University study that interest them. Pupils will also be able to investigate the wider range of facilities and support available to students on campus.    

Young Strathclyder: Accelerate

Accelerate is a week-long summer programme for pupils in S5 and S6 to find out more about specific University subject areas that they might be interested in going on to study. There are seven Accelerate subject areas, representing all of Strathclyde’s four faculties.   

Find out more about Accelerate.

If you would like to find out more about the Young Strathclyder programme, please contact