January 17 2019
Students work on group projects in a Life Sciences class

Universities in Scotland making good progress on widening access

Responding to today’s HESA data release on Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2017/18, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said:

“Scottish universities’ commitment to widening access is intrinsic to the values of higher education. Universities have accelerated their work on widening access, and this is delivering results: a 20% increase over five years in students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds is proof that we are a sector that lives up to its values.

“In addition to our success on widening access, it’s welcome to see increase in enrolments at all age groups as well as rises in the number of students enrolling who disclose a disability and from a minority ethnic background. Our universities reflect the diverse communities they serve. This is good news for universities and wider Scottish society too.”

Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2017/18 was published today and is available on the HESA website.