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