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Accelerate is a one-week programme, held at the University of Strathclyde, for pupils at the end of S4, S5 thinking about going to university. It aims to provide a targeted focus on the pupils' chosen area of academic interest, giving them a head start on the road to their chosen career.

The 2021 programme runs from the 21st to the 25th June and there are five subject areas that pupils can choose from, depending on their career aspirations:

Teams of academic experts have put together week-long Challenges in each of these subjects to allow pupils to find out all about their area of interest and the career opportunities open to them. Led by undergraduate and postgraduate student mentors from the relevant fields, pupils will undertake a variety of group challenges, as well as attending a careers and industry afternoon. If you would like to find out more about the individual Challenges, please click on the links above.

The 2021 Accelerate programme will run virtually on Microsoft Teams.

All places on the programme are fully funded and awarded to pupils based on certain Widening Access criteria that the university uses within its Widening Participation Strategy and Contextual Data in Admissions Policy. The deadline for potential applicants is the 4th June, 2021. After the set deadline, we will assess all applicants and award places based on these criteria. If you are interested in making an individual application for a funded place, please click on the link below.

Information on Funded Places

Accelerate 2019 Review

2019 saw the 11th year of the Accelerate programme, run by the Widening Access team at the University of Strathclyde. 105 pupils, from 38 schools and 11 local authorities across Scotland, completed the programme. Here is what some of them had to say about it:

I loved it. I thought that it was very enjoyable and was an extremely beneficial experience.

This was a fantastic experience which allowed me to further explore the career I wish to pursue.

I think it is a brilliant way to open your eyes to real university life.

I really enjoyed this week as it allowed me to meet new people and learn new things. I also learned a lot about university courses and following careers after a degree.

I enjoyed the programme and felt it helped to learn more about studying computing at university and helped me to learn more about the options available after university and what working in the industry involves.

It was really fun and gave me more insight into my career choices with engineering. It makes me feel excited about going to Uni.

I think it is a great opportunity and has really helped me to figure out my career path and my interests.

The Accelerate programme has really helped me realise that I definitely want to pursue a career in EEE.

The mentors are just fantastic, always there to help us and are very friendly.

The mentors were really friendly and gave me the best advice on university and a deep insight into life at university.

My whole week has been a great experience and I have developed my team-working and communication skills as well as gaining confidence from the programme.

I developed many new skills whilst on the programme including Chemistry skills and personal development skills. I have gained huge amounts of confidence by being on the challenge week.

I enjoyed meeting new people who have similar interests to me and are possible going to apply to the same courses as me.

It was really good and a fun filled week and a great way to make friends.

I thought it was fun, I learnt a lot of valuable information, met new people, the mentors were really nice and helpful.

I really enjoyed it and I think it was a great experience.