NUS Scotland welcomes £10m investment in widening access places
The Scottish Government has announced new university places which will see 2000 additional places in total, including 1700 places for widening access and for college students moving to university (see note 1). The new places are worth £10m and follow NUS Scotland’s campaigning work to see fairer access to higher education in Scotland.
Increasing places for widening access and college students moving to university were key recommendations of NUS Scotland’s Unlocking Scotland’s Potential (note 2) report released this summer.
Robin Parker, President of NUS Scotland, said: “This is fantastic news. NUS Scotland, and students across Scotland, have been campaigning incredibly hard for fairer access to higher education in Scotland. This £10m investment in 1700 additional places will begin to make a huge difference. We asked for this kind of action in our Unlocking Scotland’s Potential report and it’s great to see the Scottish Government listen and act.
An issue of fair access
“We believe it’s totally unacceptable to somehow accept that universities will always be the preserve of those from richer backgrounds. That’s why we should never accept charging fees for education. From next year Scotland will have the best student support in the UK, no tuition fees, and now additional places. We now need to see universities match this ambition by ensuring their local agreements on fair access are ambitious and delivered.”
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Details of the new places can be found here – http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/12/extra-university-places181212
NUS Scotland’s widening access report, Unlocking Scotland’s Potential, can be found here – http://www.nus.org.uk/en/campaigns/campaigns-in-scotland/priority/unlocking-scotland-potential/