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Access to Universities Oral Question, 06/05/15 [S]

During First Minister's Question Time on 6 May 2015 Stewart Maxwell (SNP) asked the First Minister what progress the Scottish Government is making on widening access to university for young people from the most deprived communities.

The First Minister replied, that in the programme for government, I set a long-term target for the Government and our universities to eradicate the inequality in access to higher education so that a child who is born today in one of our most deprived communities will, by the time he or she leaves school, have the same chance of going to university as a child who is born in one of our least deprived communities.

That is why this year we doubled funding to the impact for access fund, which encourages people from disadvantaged backgrounds to go to university. Our commitment to free tuition benefits more than 120,000 undergraduate students every year, and since 2007 there has been a 40 per cent increase in the proportion of 18-year-olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds being accepted to university.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 6 May 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 6 May 2015