Tag: Widening access

Universities Scotland responds to Commissioner for Fair Access’s report on postgraduate access

Responding to the Commissioner for Fair Access’s latest discussion paper, Access to Postgraduate Study: Representation and Destinations, Universities Scotland welcomes a conversation about access to postgraduate level study and supports collaborative thinking on improving this. Commenting on the report, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said: “Sir Peter said he wanted a serious conversation about…

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Universities Scotland update on Reach programme

Universities Scotland responded to a call for evidence from the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee to inform their inquiry into access to the legal profession. We provided data on the Reach Scotland, a national programme that aims to encourage, support and prepare learners for studying a professional degree. You can read our full submission here.

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Scotland’s universities to guarantee offers to care experienced applicants who meet minimum entry requirements

Scotland’s 18 higher education institutions[1] have today (25 July) set out a new commitment that care experienced applicants[2] who meet minimum entry requirements will be guaranteed an offer of an undergraduate place at university. This bold, sector-wide move will be in place for the next admissions cycle, starting this autumn for people looking to start…

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Universities Scotland respond to the second annual report of the Commissioner for Fair Access

Following the publication of the second annual report of the Commissioner for Fair Access, a spokesperson for Universities Scotland said: “There’s a lot in this report that’s designed to keep the pressure on universities and we’ve come to expect that from the Commissioner but there is also a clear recognition of the amount of progress made…

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Director reacts to Report on Widening Access 2017-18

Reacting to the publication of the Scottish Funding Council’s Report on Widening Access 2017-18, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Today’s annual report is vindication of the actions taken by universities to widen access over the past decade. Universities, students and wider society are benefiting from having more students from disadvantaged areas in our…

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The college-to-university route strengthens, with record numbers of students given full credit for their college study

New figures published by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) today set out a positive picture about the extent of collaboration between colleges and university to support learners to seamlessly progress from Higher National qualifications direct into a degree at university. Known as “articulation”, this route can support widening access and where possible, it reduces the…

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Retention rates at Scottish Universities improve for fourth consecutive year

Responding to the latest HESA data release on non-continuation of studies, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “This is now the second year in a row where the retention rate in Scotland is better than the UK average. This is significant and a cause for celebration. Universities have dedicated significant time and effort to…

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Minimum entry requirements

Over the past 18 months, universities across Scotland have been working to review their minimum entry requirements as one of the sector’s actions in Working to Widen Access. In the coming weeks, prospectuses from our 19 members will be published where minimum entry requirements for applicants from an SIMD20 background will be set out. Alastair Sim,…

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Universities Scotland welcomes encouraging rise in under-represented applicants

Responding to today’s UCAS 2019 cycle applicant figures (January deadline), Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Today’s figures show that the work undertaken by universities to widen access is continuing to get results. Those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds saw a 2% increase in number of applicants, bucking the trend as applicants from other…

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