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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04068: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 26 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on university medical schools introducing more flexible admissions policies to encourage a more diverse cohort of undergraduates.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 11 November 2016

Places at Scottish medical schools are highly sought after and the selection process is very competitive with applications from well-qualified and highly motivated students.

Whilst the Scottish Government sets the annual intake targets for medicine, as autonomous institutions and in line with academic freedom, the selection and recruitment of individual students admitted to study medicine in Scotland is a matter for individual Universities. The selection procedures in scoring and assessing applications do take into account factors other than academic qualifications such as personal statements and UKCAT scores.

The Scottish Government is committed to taking forward the recommendations of the Commission on Widening Access which commented extensively on how university admissions could be made fairer, and we are currently working closely with the sector to progress those recommendations.