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Measuring progress on fairer access

Measuring progress on fairer access

26 Sep 2017

The figures show how colleges and universities in Scotland are advancing towards the targets set out in “Blueprint for Fairness”, the publication that set out the findings and recommendation of the Commission on Widening Access.

Today’s figures show a further increase to the number of students from the 20% most deprived areas going to university and college. Commenting on the report, SFC Interim Chief Executive, John kemp, said: “This new report looks at what is being achieved to create fairer access to college and university and assesses progress toward the Commission for Widening Access targets. Amongst many encouraging findings it shows a small increase in the proportion of students from deprived backgrounds in Scottish further and higher education.

“We welcome this but know that more still needs to be done, and we shall work to that end with our partners; colleges, universities, the Commissioner for Fair Access, and the Scottish Government. The early indications based on the most recent UCAS figures are that the pace of change is picking up.”

SFC has also published a report on what college learners go on to do after leaving college. The report shows that a high percentage of leavers going on to employment or more education.