Tag: Widening access

Universities Scotland respond to Results Day across the UK

Universities Scotland has welcomed the publication of exam results across the country in what has been a very challenging time for school and college learners. Today’s UCAS data show: An increase in the entry rate of Scottish domiciled 18-year-olds going to university at 28% (an increase from 26.4% in 2020). A 12% increase in Scottish-domiciled…

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Universities Scotland welcomes SFC’s Report on Widening Access 2019-20

Universities Scotland have welcomed the publication of the Report on Widening Access 2019-20 by the sector’s funding body, the Scottish Funding Council. The report states that: 16.4% of full-time first-degree entrants to university were from an SIMD20 background. This is an increase from 15.9% in 2018-19. This means that universities have met the Commission on…

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Getting Results: Addressing inequality in arts education must be a priority for the recovery

To mark a new report showcasing the role of Scottish universities in economic and social recovery, we’re publishing a series of blogs from Principals highlighting how higher education will deliver for Scotland over the next five years. Every day this week we’ll publish a blog from a Principal looking at a different area of contribution. The…

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Department for Education’s post-qualification admissions consultation

Universities Scotland responded to the Department for Education’s consultation on post-qualification admissions. Our submission reflected the particular implications of the proposed admissions reform for Scottish learners and the Scottish university sector. In our submission we highlight: – Admissions reform must put the learner at the centre and make admissions fairer – Maintaining a centralised admissions…

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UCAS data cause for assurance in value of Scottish higher education

New data released by the university admissions service UCAS serves as a cause for optimism in the Scottish higher education sector. The January Equal Consideration Deadline 2021 data, published by UCAS on Thursday 18 February, show: Positive widening access statistics. Continued increase in applicants from the most disadvantaged background with a 15% increase (1,100 people)…

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New widening access data a cause for celebration in Scotland

Universities in Scotland have reached a significant milestone in their commitment to widen access, with the latest figures showing 16.4% of students were from SIMD20 backgrounds in the academic year 2019/20. The Commission on Widening Access recommended that 16% of students should be from SIMD20 backgrounds by 2021 with an overall aim to reach 20%…

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Universities Scotland response to confirmation of funding from Scottish Government for additional 2020/21 entrants

Today [Friday 21 August], Mr Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, confirmed that the Scottish Government will fund the additional 2020/21 entrants to university for the duration of their four/five year degree. The Minister also helpfully acknowledged that the Scottish Government’s decision to revert to teacher-awarded grades would have implications…

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Universities Scotland comment on Ministerial Statement: SQA Exam Results 2020

Commenting on today’s Ministerial Statement from the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Universities Scotland Convener Gerry McCormac said: “Universities will do everything possible to ensure that all those who can benefit from higher education have the opportunity to attend university. They will look at the circumstances of each applicant who…

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Improving articulation between Scottish colleges and universities

Professor Nigel Seaton is the Principal of Abertay University and Co-Convener of the National Articulation Forum. He introduces a new report by the Forum which sets a series of recommendations to make it easier for students to progress from college to university. The National Articulation Forum had as its objective to work out how to…

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Scotland’s colleges and universities launch plans for more flexible pathways for learners in the post-COVID economy

A new report released today [Tuesday 11 August] sets a series of recommendations for colleges and universities to create more opportunities for students to progress seamlessly between a Higher National (HN) qualification into a university degree. Produced by the National Articulation Forum, a joint initiative by Colleges Scotland and Universities Scotland, the report calls for…

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