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Universities achieve 2021 widening access target

The sector has met the interim target that 16% of undergraduate entrants should be from SIMD20 backgrounds by 2021.

Open letter to students on mental health support

Principals and Student Union Presidents assure students that mental health and wellbeing is a top priority in the new academic year.
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Widening access: Schools outreach is absolutely vital

On Tuesday 28 September 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, hosted a group discussion with university students to celebrate the higher education sector’s achievement of the interim widening access target set by the Scottish Government. Mitchell is a second-year student who applied to the University of St Andrews as a result of…

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Widening access: “Everybody’s got the right to higher education”

On Tuesday 28 September 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, hosted a group discussion with university students to celebrate the higher education sector’s achievement of the interim widening access target set by the Scottish Government. Hazel is a student at Edinburgh Napier University who gained entry through the access to nursing programme. Hazel says…

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