S6 Sessions: unicafe

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S6 Sessions: unicafe

About the unicafe Session

Our unicafes are a friendly, informal place for you to learn more about what it’s really like starting university - with a complimentary hot drink and snack thrown in!

Our cafes are hosted by current undergraduate students, so you can ask anything about making that transition to first year at uni. There'll also be a chance to meet other current S6 students who may be going to the same university and/or town as you from September - a great chance to start building your university social network!

All of the sessions will be held in a student union on campus and are for all LEAPS-eligible students who have applied to UCAS.

What: LEAPS Unicafe sessions

When and where: We are running this session three times in different locations.

  • Wednesday 27 February 2019, 5.15-7pm, University of Edinburgh Central Campus in Edinburgh
    Debating Hall in the University of Edinburgh's Teviot Row Student Union, 13 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AJ
    Find directions here.
  • Wednesday 6 March 2019, 5.15-7pm, Heriot-Watt University Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels
    Student Lounge on the 2nd floor of the High Mill building at Heriot-Watt University's Borders Campus, Nether Road, Galashiels, TD1 3HF
    Find directions here.
  • Wednesday 13 March 2019, 5.15-7pm, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Campus in Riccarton
    Liberty's Cafe in the Student Union building at Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh Campus, Riccarton, EH14 4AS
    Find directions here.

More Info:

Each unicafe will have tables hosted by LEAPS current university student volunteers who will lead conversations on all aspects of the school to university transition, as well as university life. Conversation topics will include: making new friends; living in student accommodation; 'welcome/induction' weeks; how to keep on top of deadlines etc.

There will also be a networking session, where you can meet other current S6 students who might be studying in the same town or university as you from September.

These are free events - all café refreshments are provided.

Who can attend?

To be eligible for this workshop, you need to be:

  • LEAPS eligible 
    (Please note, the deadline for confirming LEAPS Eligibility was 30 November 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. Eligibility is usually confirmed by a member of the LEAPS team at your LEAPS pre-UCAS interview, but if you are unsure about this please call the LEAPS Office to check.)
  • Holding university offers or have applied to UCAS this year (you could be in S5 or S6 and have applied to UCAS, that is okay!)

If you require permission to be out of school in order to travel to these workshops, please confirm this in advance with your school. This may involve you completing and returning an EE2/EV2 form or equivalent to your school. Please check this directly with your school and make the necessary arrangements.


Please see the booking form below for the public transport support we are offering to help you travel to and from this session.

Where a pupil registers for an event more than 5 working days beforehand; if requested, travel passes will be posted to your home address where possible or if we cannot easily send travel passes in advance, reimbursement will be provided at the event on production of a valid travel ticket/receipt.

Where a pupil registers for an event less than 5 working days beforehand; if requested, reimbursement will be provided at the event on production of a valid travel ticket/receipt (reimbursement could be in the form of a travel pass for future use or cash).

Interested? Please complete the booking form below if you would like to attend one of these sessions.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact us.

Please select which LEAPS Unicafe you would like to attend:

Even if you are still in the process of deciding, or you haven't heard back from all of your choices yet, please give us an indication below which universities you are likely to select as your Firm and Insurance.

This isn't set in stone at all, it will just help us to plan the session!


We are able to post out bus tickets in advance for Lothian City Buses and First Bus, if you register more than 5 working days before the event.

For all other bus companies, train tickets, and if you register less than 5 working days before the event, we can provide reimbursement at the event on production of a valid ticket/receipt if you request it.

If you have a Young Scot card, please use it to claim a reduced travel fare: https://young.scot/discounts/young-scot-card/save-money-on-travel/

LEAPS events may be photographed and filmed for future promotional use by LEAPS and organisations involved in LEAPS events. If you do not want to be photographed or filmed at our events, please contact the LEAPS Office at leaps@ed.ac.uk to let us know.

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