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Scotland's universities are amongst the best in the world. We want every child, no matter their background, to have an equal chance of entering and succeeding in higher education.

By 2030, we want 20 per cent of students entering university to be from Scotland's 20 per cent most deprived backgrounds.

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The focus of our work is on helping more people from disadvantaged backgrounds enter higher education. We:

We are also:

Background

The 2014 to 2015 Programme for Government stated our aim that every child, irrespective of background, should have an equal chance of accessing higher education.

We set up the Commission on Widening Access to advise us on the steps necessary to achieve this.

A Blueprint for Fairness: the final report of the Commission on Widening Access was published in March 2016 and made 34 recommendations covering the whole education system. We accepted these in full and published Implementing A Blueprint for Fairness: progress report in May 2017.

Scotland has 19 autonomous higher education institutions. We fund these through the Scottish Funding Council.

Bills and legislation

The Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016 put in place measures to improve and modernise the governance of higher education institutions.

Archive content

To access information that was on the previous website see the archive of universities content

Contact

Email: ceu@gov.scot

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Post:
Scottish Government
Advanced Learning and Science Directorate
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow
G2 8LU