Institute of Education


Fair access in Scotland and higher education

20 February 2020, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm

Student in library

Dr Scott will explore the access to higher education for disadvantaged students in Scotland.

Event Information

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Centre for Global Higher Education


Room 604
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way

The Scottish Government has set an ambitious target that by 2030 20% of entrants to higher education should come from the 20% most deprived communities across Scotland.

Interim targets of 16% in 2021 and 18% by 2026. Progress has been rapid with the 2021 target already met.

However, difficult issues still remain. Big differences between individual universities and between colleges and universities, reluctance to offer Higher National students full credit on degree programmes and potentially over-timid use of contextual admissions.

This seminar will examine these issues as well as wider issues and dilemmas that confront all higher education systems in their effort to widen access.


About the Speaker

Peter Scott

Commissioner for Fair Access in Scotland and Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Studies at UCL Institute of Education

Peter was previously a Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University and before that Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Education at the University of Leeds. While a member of the board of the (former) Higher Education Funding Council for England, he chaired HEFCE’s strategic committees first on widening participation and later learning, teaching and quality assurance.