Scottish universities failing to attract poor students

Universities do not get enough qualified applicants from Scotland’s poorest communities to meet tough access targets, according to a new report which shows that only 15% of applications in 2017 came from the poorest postcodes, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald Scotland.

The Scottish government has set a target for the sector for 20% of students to come from the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods by 2030, known as SIMD 20 applicants. Ministers expect universities to lower entry grades for deprived students, but Universities Scotland said the move would still not create sufficient applicants.

A written submission to the Scottish Parliament’s education committee said: “The most pressing shared challenge is to increase the proportion of people from the most deprived backgrounds who choose to apply to university and have the qualifications to do so.”
Full report on The Herald Scotland site