Maryhill to get after-school learning club to give local kids better shot at university

By Ian Marland at

Young people in one of the city’s least advantaged areas is getting a boost at just the right time.

Maryhill is to get a learning support centre to give children a better chance of reaching higher education.

Two other centres in Govan and Craigmillar in Edinburgh are to open in March next year – the first of their kind in Scotland.

Maryhill and university

The new centre will give children a better chance of reaching higher education. Photo: IntoUniversity

And the third, in Maryhill, will open later in the year  – at a location yet to be identified.

The centres are being made possible thanks to a ground-breaking collaboration between the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and education charity IntoUniversity.

They will provide additional educational support to young people aged 7-18.

Working closely with local schools, colleges and other agencies, the centres will provide after-school academic tuition, mentoring, and programmes to enable young people to achieve their ambitions.

‘Poverty’

The partnership is based upon a shared concern for children growing up experiencing poverty and a belief in the power of education to transform young people’s lives.

The new IntoUniversity centres will provide invaluable long-term support with young people’s educational outcomes and their journey into employment and a positive destination.

They will complement extensive work that both universities already do to widen access to higher education, by providing community-based support to young people on their doorstep.

Through activities at the universities young people will develop their understanding of university life and awareness of the opportunities that higher education has to offer.

Maryhill and university

The partnership shares a belief in the power of education to transform young people’s lives. Photo: IntoUniversity

£2.7 million has been raised to fund the first two centres for a pilot period of 5 years.

Further fundraising is under way to allow the Maryhill centre to open in Autumn 2021.

IntoUniversity currently runs 31 centres in 13 cities in England.

Dr Rachel Carr OBE, co-founder and CEO IntoUniversity, said: “We are delighted that this new partnership with the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh is enabling IntoUniversity to serve young people in Scotland.

“Three new learning centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh will use the power of education to lift young people out of poverty, opening up new worlds of possibility.

‘Partnership’

“We look forward to working in partnership with local schools, colleges, third sector organisations, businesses and councils, along with the Universities, to bring this project to fruition.”

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor University of Glasgow, said: “The University of Glasgow is a proudly international institution, but we have never forgotten that our first duty is to the city we serve.

“A key part of that is ensuring opportunities are available to talented young people across Glasgow, regardless of their background.

“For the university and the city to thrive, we need to be able to empower people across our communities to meet their full potential and this ground-breaking collaboration – delivered in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and IntoUniversity – represents the next step in realising that ambition, with the potential to transform the lives of some of our most disadvantaged young people.”