Scottish universities hit target for widening access

Universities in Scotland are celebrating after reaching a significant milestone in their commitment to widen access, as the latest figures show 16.4% of students were from the most deprived backgrounds in the academic year 2019-20, writes John-Paul Holden for The Herald.

It comes after the Commission on Widening Access recommended that 16% of students should be from SIMD20 (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation) backgrounds by 2021, with an overall aim to reach 20% by 2030.

Responding to the rise in number of enrolments and students from deprived areas, Universities Scotland Director Alastair Sim said: “Universities are interested in talent … Where you come from should not dictate whether you should go to university and today’s news shows that progress is being made in Scotland … This is a fantastic achievement that shows the commitment of our universities to widen access. We have reached the 2021 target a year ahead of time, but the hard work continues as we look to 2030 and beyond.”
Full report on The Herald site