About Us


LIFT OFF delivers the Scottish Funding Council’s national Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP) in Fife and Tayside. Fife and Tayside is defined as the area that includes the four local authorities of Fife, Dundee City, Angus and Perth and Kinross. 




LIFT OFF is one of four SHEP providers; between us we cover the whole of Scotland. LEAPS covers Edinburgh and Lothian, FOCUS West covers Glasgow and the West and ASPIRENorth  covers Grampian and the Highlands & Islands.



We work with S3–S6 pupils who have the potential to succeed in Higher Education (SCQF level 7 or above), but may face barriers in achieving this. Our pupil selection criteria can be found here.



The objectives of LIFT OFF are to:



Our partners are Higher Education providers within the region, as well as Skills Development Scotland (SDS), Local Authorities and the Open University. Using this partnership network we hope to: