Commission on Widening Access – membership and first meeting

Universities Scotland has welcomed the publication of the full membership of the Scottish Government’s Widening Access Commission ahead of its first meeting today (Wednesday 29 April).

The Principals of two Scottish higher education institutions – Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, and Professor Petra Wend, Principal of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh – are members of the Commission.

Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim, has been invited to present at the Commission’s first meeting in Glasgow. Alastair will underline the sector’s long-standing, deeply-held conviction that university should be accessible to all those with the qualifications and potential to succeed as he sets out the sector’s current action on widening access.

Alastair will explain that Universities Scotland has welcomed the Widening Access Commission as an opportunity to look in detail at some of the major challenges universities face in delivering their commitment to widening access and how partners, including the Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council, can support institutions to deliver results.

You can view the slides from Alastair’s presentation to the Widening Access Commission here.

The full membership of the Scottish Government’s Widening Access Commission is as follows:

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow
Liz McIntyre, Principal, Borders College
Ali Jarvis, Chair of SFC’s Access & Inclusion Committee
Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education, Glasgow City Council
Gerry Lyons, Headteacher, St Andrew’s Secondary School, Glasgow
Jean Carwood-Edwards, Chief Executive, Scottish Pre-School Play Association
Helen Martin, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress
Russell Gunson, Director, NUS Scotland
Vonnie Sandlan, Women’s Officer & President elect, NUS Scotland
Professor Petra Wend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Caroline Stuart, Oracle Ltd.