Tag: Widening access

Follow up letter to the Education and Skills Committee on Widening Access

On Wednesday 16 March 2018, Alastair Sim, the Director of Universities Scotland gave evidence to the Education and Skills Committee about widening access alongside four university Principals. As part of the evidence session, Alastair Sim said he would clarify some issues such as details of what universities, specifically ‘the ancients’ were doing to widen access…

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Universities Scotland responds to Funding Council report on widening access

The Scottish Funding Council has today (Wednesday 30 May 2018) published its annual report on widening access. The report provides data for academic year 2016/17 and tracks student entrants, progression and qualifiers in university and college according to metrics of socio-economic disadvantage and protected characteristics. Responding to today’s report and the higher education sector’s work…

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Progress on Widening Access: written evidence to the Education and Skills Committee

On Monday 16 May 2018, Universities Scotland will give evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee. We  will focus on our progress with widening access to higher education and on the goal that 20 per cent of entrants to university should be from the poorest 20 per cent of neighbourhoods by 2030. Ahead…

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Response to consultation on the attainment and achievement of school-aged children experiencing poverty

Universities Scotland has responded to an inquiry on the impact of experiencing poverty on young people at school. The inquiry, by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee, will examine how poverty can affect the attainment and achievement of school-aged children. Given Scotland’s goal of widening access to university to those from all socio-economic backgrounds, we welcome the opportunity…

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Response to Ministerial Statement on Widening Access

In response to the Ministerial Statement on Widening Access in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 6 March 2018, Alastair Sim, the Director of Universities Scotland said: Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions, the length and breadth of Scotland, large and specialist, are committed to widening access. Today’s statement from the Minister reiterated a lot of the…

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Sir Peter Scott’s appearance at Education and Skill Committee: Universities Scotland briefing

On Wednesday 21 February 2018 the Commissioner for Fair Access, Professor Sir Peter Scott gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee about his role in widening access. Our brief includes a short update on delivery of the set of 15 actions we as a sector are working on and sets out some of…

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Working to widen access: Jayde’s story

Jayde O’Connor is a fourth-year Psychology student at Glasgow Caledonian University. At our parliamentary reception on Tuesday 6 February, Jayde relayed her experience of the challenges she faced getting into university as a result of very difficult family circumstances in her teens. Watch or read a transcript of her inspiring speech: width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Hi,…

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Young Scots give their support to work to widen access

2018 is the Year of Young People and it is also a year which will see a really busy programme of work taken forward by universities to widen access. Late last year we set out 15 actions in Working to Widen Access that we believe will deliver a big step forward in widening access. 2018…

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Universities Scotland comments on latest UCAS application figures

Commenting on today’s UCAS application figures for 2018 entry, Universities Scotland spokesperson said: “Today’s figures show that demand for Scottish higher education remains very high. This means that there will be no let-up in the fierce competition for places amongst applicants. “We have seen a fall in applications from those from the most deprived areas of…

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Our response to latest Report from the Commissioner for Fair Access

The Commissioner for Fair Access has published his first annual report this morning (13 December 2017).   The Commissioner’s first annual report on access is both challenging, interesting and useful. We’d expect nothing less. Universities will give his set of 23 new recommendations urgent and full consideration. On first sight, there appears to be lots…

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