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LEAPS promotes Higher Education while supporting young people in secondary schools in South East Scotland.

Many of the events we deliver in school and on campus are designed around the valuable input of university student volunteers. These events include school-based workshops, campus visits and conferences held at universities in and around Edinburgh. As a LEAPS volunteer you will play a vital role, working with small groups of pupils in structured workshops led by LEAPS staff. Find out more about our events here.

Our volunteer team is made up of students in second year of university or above and includes undergraduates, postgraduates, international students, mature students and those who accessed university having first completed a course at college. Students from the following institutions are eligible to contribute as LEAPS volunteers: 

  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
  • University of Stirling

You can opt in to events to suit your academic and other commitments. There is no pressure to carry out a set number of events each semester – you can decide how much you get involved. All of our events take place in a staff-supervised environment.

In order to participate as a LEAPS volunteer you need to take part in a LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Session. This doesn't commit you to volunteering – it's more a case of coming along to see if you think it's what you're looking for. These sessions will take place online this year in late January/early February for new volunteers. Register for a session on our Join Us page from early January.

Covid-19 Update

The LEAPS volunteering programme normally runs each year from November to March. However due to Covid-19 we have been unable to run any school workshops or events involving Student Volunteers in November or December. However, we plan to restart workshops and activities for our schools from February to May 2021. At this stage we are unsure if we will be able to deliver any of our workshops in schools and on university campus, as we have done in the past, or if we will be delivering all of our workshops and support virtually this academic year. However, no matter what the format, we are very much looking forward to working with new and returning LEAPS volunteers from February 2021!