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Student Support Assessement Written Answer, 05/05/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Iain Gray (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government whether it has made an assessment of what impact the (a) timing and (b) quality of information on student support has on applicants or student behaviour and, if not, whether it will ask its widening access commission to do so.

The Cabinet Secreatry for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance replied, that the provision of high quality information for students on the level of support they can access is crucial. The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) has not looked explicitly at the impact of the timing of information on student support, as this has not been raised to date as an issue by students. Generally, the quality of information available from SAAS is under continuous review with regular feedback received from online application workshops that SAAS deliver to students. A good example involves changes made to the 2015-16 online application system to highlight the funding available to students coming from care and those with caring responsibilities. These changes were a direct result of engagement between SAAS, Who Cares Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament. The Commission on Widening Access will seek to identify any barriers to accessing higher education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 1 May  2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 1 May 2015