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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. Our Schools Programme runs from November to March each year. Find out more about our events here.

If you are interested in becoming a LEAPS volunteer, finding out more and getting started is really easy. All you have to do is;

1. Attend a LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Session

This doesn’t commit you to becoming a LEAPS volunteer – it’s more a case of coming along to see if you think it’s the volunteering opportunity you are looking for.

We will cover the type of events volunteers get involved in, the pupils you will be working with, and what your role would be in a school workshop or campus based event. There will be experienced LEAPS volunteers to chat to and you will also receive all the training you need in order to get you started as a LEAPS volunteer, should you wish to do so.

Please note students in second year and above from these institutions are eligible to contribute as LEAPS volunteers. Students can attend any training session at any university - it doesn't have to be your own.

Our 2019 LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Sessions took place throughout October (see below). If you would like to be notified of future sessions, please email us at

Date Time Location Room
Tuesday 15 October 2019 10.00am-2.30pm* Queen Margaret University Refectory
Tuesday 15 October 2019 6.00pm-8.00pm University of Edinburgh (Central Campus) David Hume Tower, LG.07,George Sq,EH8 9JX
Thursday 17 October 2019 6.15pm-8.00pm Heriot-Watt University (Riccarton Campus) SR114 (Scott Russell), EH14 4AS
Monday 21 October 2019 6.00pm-8.00pm University of Edinburgh (Central Campus) David Hume Tower, LG. 09,George Sq,EH8 9LX
Tuesday 22 October 2019 6.00pm-8.00pm Edinburgh Napier University (Merchiston Campus) B32, Merchiston Campus, EH10 5DT
Thursday 14 November 2019 5.00pm-7.00pm University of Stirling  Cottrell Building, Court room 2 (4C2), Stirling, FK9 4LJ 


*The session on Tuesday 15 October at Queen Margaret University will take the format of a drop-in session. We will have a LEAPS stand on campus, and you can come by any time between 10.00am - 2.30pm to find out more about volunteering with LEAPS.


2. Register as a LEAPS Volunteer

If, after attending a LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Session, you decide you might like to get involved as a LEAPS volunteer, then we will ask you to complete an online volunteer registration form and provide details of two referees. More information on this will be given at the Volunteer Information and Training Session.

Once you have completed the online Volunteer Registration form and before you attend your first LEAPS workshop in school or on university campus we strongly recommend that you look in more detail at the LEAPS Volunteer Handbook 2019-2020. You will find the Volunteer Handbook here.


3. Try out a LEAPS workshop and see for yourself!

Shortly after attending a training session, we encourage registered volunteers to try out a few workshops in schools and/or on campus at a date that suits you. Workshops are well staffed by the LEAPS team, and new volunteers have the opportunity to shadow experienced volunteers or pair up with other new volunteers until they feel comfortable leading a small group of pupils on their own.

Workshops in local schools and events on campus run from November to March and are posted on a monthly basis on our online Volunteer Noticeboard. There is no pressure to sign up for a set number of workshops per semester - you can decide how much you get involved. 


Please note, our 2019 LEAPS Volunteer Information and Training Sessions took place throughout October. If you would like to be notified of future sessions, please email us at