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Bridging Programmes Advisory Group

The Bridging Programmes Advisory Group (BPAG) was created to prioritise and take forward the implementation of Recommendation 7 of the CoWA report.

Recommendation 7

The Scottish Funding Council, working with professionals, should develop a model of how bridging programmes can be expanded nationally to match need.

  • Given the clear benefits to the learner, the model should ensure that academic credit awarded through the completion of such programmes is transferrable between universities.
  • Successful completion of such programmes may form one of the conditions of the access thresholds to be developed in line with recommendation 11.
  • This model should have particular regard to the evidence that bridging programmes are especially beneficial when delivered earlier in the education journey.

Steering Group membership

The BPAG has drawn membership from as many stakeholders as possible from across the sector, institutions and agencies to ensure full representation, and is chaired by Frank Coton, University of Glasgow.

Members include representatives from:

  • SFC.
  • University of Glasgow.
  • Universities Scotland.
  • University of St Andrews.
  • University of Edinburgh.
  • LEAPS.
  • Open University in Scotland.
  • Scottish Government.
  • Govan High School.
  • Glasgow Caledonian University.

The group meet bi-annually and work towards milestones [PDF] outlined in the Implementation Overview Report

Steering Group papers

Papers from the meeting held on 11 February 2020.

Papers from the meeting held on 29 October 2019.

Papers from the meeting held on 24 June 2019.

Papers from the meeting held on 7 March 2019.

Further information

For more information on BPAG, contact Anna Wallace, tel: 0131 313 6605, email:

We encourage non-members to contact a member of the group or Anna Wallace if you would like to contribute to any agenda items or provide feedback on work being carried out.