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 areas fell.

“It’s important to remember that we need a continuing rise in applicants from disadvantaged neighbourhoods if we are to meet the 2030 target of 20% of all students being from a widening access background.”



  • 2019 cycle applicant figures – January deadline was published today and is available on the UCAS website.
  • SIMD20 (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) applicants are up by 2% on last year (2019 compared to 2018). This is an increase of 160 applicants.[1]

[1] Table D13.3 and D13.4, January Deadline Analysis: SIMD quintile