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What is Accelerate?

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.

Teams of academic experts put together week-long Challenges in a variety of 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 undertake a variety of group challenges, as well as attending a careers and industry afternoon.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19, the University of Strathclyde's Accelerate programme will be postponed until summer 2021. We will not be accepting applications for funded place at this time. Information about the process for applying for the 2021 programme will be published on the website in early 2021.

Please note that Accelerate is not a residential course.


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.

I felt that this programme was a great experience because I got so much information from it about university.

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.

I feel like the Accelerate Chemistry programme was a great opportunity to experience Chemistry in a University environment.

The lab work was really interesting and I liked that we got to work independently in our groups and if we needed help we could ask for it. The programme has prepared me more for leaving school and starting University.

I thought it's a very good programme, which was a great experience and I am pleased that I came along this week as it gave me more knowledge on what studying law entails and how to get in.

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 enjoyed my time in Strathclyde and learned a lot more about life in university.


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


I enjoyed the Accelerate course greatly and got a lot of insight into University life and, because of it, feel a lot more confident that I want to go to University in Engineering.

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.

It has reassured me that Law is definitely something that I want to pursue.

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


The mentors were extremely helpful and informative.


The mentors were exceptionally nice and helpful and everyone was lovely.


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

The practical lab work was invaluable experience.


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 met many new friends that I think I'll be friends with for a long time now.

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 found the programme extremely enjoyable & definitely helped spark an interest in law.

I really enjoyed my time at the Accelerate Law Programme especially going to court and seeing the legal process first hand.

Thanks for a great experience 10/10.

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.