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About Us

Learn about who we are, what motivates us, and where it all began

Introducing Children's University Scotland

Children's University (CU) Scotland was established as an independent, OSCR-registered charity in April 2013, with initial funding from the ScottishPower Foundation, and support from Brodies LLP.

Our remit is to manage the development and roll-out of Children’s University in Scotland, based on the model of our parent charity Children’s University (CU Trust).

12 local centres dotted around the country, from Ayrshire to Aberdeenshire

Over 8,000 child members, that have completed over 160,000 hours of voluntary learning

Over 1,300 members that have achieved the first award level: the CU Bronze Award

Partnered with over 1,100 learning destinations across the country

Our Aims

Fully committed to improving educational outcomes and the life chances of school pupils across Scotland, CU is open to all children, irrespective of background, as everyone benefits from better exam results, a broader skillset, new interests, increased self-confidence and a greater awareness of future education/career options. Our resources, however, are targeted towards those communities where there is greatest need and children who will benefit most from the opportunities we can provide.

Our Vision

By 2020 Children’s University Scotland will have created and established a central infrastructure supporting a Children’s University presence in 80% of Scottish local authority areas. The local centres will deliver learning opportunities to help develop confidence, create new possibilities, expectations and life chances for children.

Our Mission

CU Scotland’s mission is to inspire and encourage learning; to help each child realise their potential regardless of social, economic or cultural background. To achieve this CU Scotland will partner with the widest possible range of community, business, government and volunteer stakeholders in the pursuit of each child’s best interests.

Our Values

Prioritising children’s best interests

Inclusion, equal opportunity and social mobility

Inspirational and fun learning

Transparency and integrity

Raising aspirations and celebrating achievement