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Access Delivery Group

Role of the group

To help the Scottish Government meet its goal of tackling socioeconomic inequality in higher education by leading on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the final report of the Commission on Widening Access A Blueprint for Fairness.


  • Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science (Chair)
  • Susan Stewart, Open University in Scotland
  • Sally Mapstone, University of St Andrews
  • Petra Wend, Queen Margaret University
  • Alastair Sim, Universities Scotland
  • Jim Thewliss, School Leaders Scotland
  • Peter MacLeod, Renfrewshire Council
  • Liz McIntyre, North East College Scotland
  • Ken Thomson, Forth Valley College
  • Conor Ryan, Sutton Trust
  • Linda Somerville, NUS Scotland
  • Jodie Waite, NUS Scotland
  • Katie Burke, Scottish Youth Parliament
  • Murdo Mathison, UCU Scotland
  • Vikki Boliver, University of Durham
  • Shona Struthers, Colleges Scotland
  • Rebekah Widdowfield, Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Greg Dempster, AHDS
  • Peter Scott, Commissioner for Fair Access (observer)
  • Alan Armstrong, Education Scotland

Scottish Government officials

  • Fiona Burns, Scottish Funding Council
  • Michael Cross, Scottish Funding Council
  • Lynn MacMillan, Scottish Government
  • Laura Duffy, Scottish Government
  • Lynn Brown, Scottish Government
  • Mick Wilson, Scottish Government
  • Murray McVicar, Scottish Government