What is Reach?

Reach is a national project, funded by the Scottish Funding Council, to encourage, educate and empower senior-phase pupils to consider careers and higher education in Medicine, Dentistry and Law.

Our programme of events and 1-1 support helps pupils to explore these subject areas, develop skills and gain practical experiences and create competitive applications.

Reach advice is always impartial, and we support pupils wherever they want to go!

Who can take part?

Reach works with schools in Dundee, Angus, Fife and Perth & Kinross. If you are in S4-S6 and attend one of the schools below, and are interested in Medicine, Dentistry or Law then we’d like to hear from you!

If you don’t attend one of these schools you could still take part – please see below.


  • Arbroath Academy
  • Arbroath High School
  • Brechin High School
  • Forfar Academy
  • Montrose Academy

Perth & Kinross

  • Blairgowrie High School
  • Crieff High School
  • Perth Academy
  • Perth Grammar School
  • St John's RC Academy


  • Baldragon Academy
  • Braeview Academy
  • Craigie High School
  • Harris Academy
  • Morgan Academy
  • St John's RC High School
  • St Paul's Academy

To register for the project, please complete the online form below. Once you have registered you will be able to sign up to our events and access our online resources and 1-1 support.

Register Now!

I don’t attend one of these schools

You may still be eligible to participate in ACES if you attend a state school in Dundee, Angus, Perth & Kinross or Fife and you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Your home postcode being in a Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) decile 1-4 (MD20 or MD40) zone*
  • You are a carer**
  • You are care-experienced/a looked after child
  • You are eligible for or in receipt of free school meals

If you think that you meet any of these criteria please email us at reach@dundee.ac.uk and we will take your application forward.

More information about some of these criteria

*SIMD Decile 1-4 (MD20 or MD40)

You can find your postcode category at http://simd.scot

Type your postcode into the ‘area finder’ box on the left, click ‘GO’, then hover over the yellow marker that appears on the map.

If the ‘current data zone’ box on the right of the screen states ‘Quintile 1’ or ‘Quintile 2’ then you are eligible to register with the project.

**Young Carer

The University of Dundee defines a young carer as ‘anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.

What do we do?

Reach organises a variety of on-campus events designed to help you gain an insight into your chosen degree and to develop key skills and experiences to help you make a strong application. Our events are always free, and remember we are an impartial project, so we are here for you every step of the way, whether you want to study at Dundee or elsewhere.

Activities include:


  • Explore Days
    • Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Law
  • Careers Evening
    • Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Law
  • Meet the GP


  • Emergency Care Workshop
  • Mooting Days
  • Sheriff Court visits
  • Surgical skills & Anatomy session
  • Visit to HMP Perth
  • Client Interview worksop
  • Criminal advocacy workshop
  • Museum visits


  • UCAT Preparation
  • UCAT Tutoring
  • Personal Statement Workshops
  • Interview preparation
  • LNAT support session

Upcoming events

Before you sign up to an event please read our Privacy Notice so you know how we will use your information.

Student Shadowing & Work Experience

We can also offer support through student shadowing days and work experience placements in local GPs, dental surgeries and law firms. Please be aware that priority is given to our S5 and S6 pupils.

Student shadowing is only available to registered Reach pupils who have attended 2 or more on-campus events and work experience placements are only available to registered Reach pupils who have attended 3 or more on-campus events.

If you are interested in applying for student shadowing or work experience, please email reach@dundee.ac.uk to request an application form.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Amy Stewart, Reach Tayside Project Officer

E: reach@dundee.ac.uk
T: 01382 388 900


Access and Participation Office
Room G4
Tower Building
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN

If Amy is not available, you can also contact the project administrator:

Mrs Jan Murphy
01382 381 899