Date lodged: 6 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with universities to widen access to higher education for those in the bottom 40% of the Scottish Index for Multiple Deprivation.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 14 September 2016
Ministers and officials engage regularly with the university sector on widening access to higher education for students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the summer we have had a number of positive discussions with both principals and Universities Scotland regarding implementing the recommendations of the Commission on Widening Access. We look forward to continuing this dialogue as we appoint a Commissioner for Fair Access and work together to develop detailed implementation plans.