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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. The next LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Sessions will take place in October 2021. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions please check our Join Us pages in mid-September where you will find dates and times for each session as well as details on how to book your place.

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 are running online workshops and events for our schools from February to May 2021 which all registered LEAPS volunteers can take part in.  If you are already registered as a volunteer with LEAPS you can find more details of forthcoming online school workshops we are running on our online LEAPS Volunteer Noticeboard https://www.leapsonline.org/volunteernoticeboard.  We hope to resume 'face-to-face' workshops in schools and on campus in November this year.