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Report on widening access 2017-18 (SFC statistical publication)

Presents statistics on the equality and diversity of the student population across the college and university sectors in Scotland. Includes data towards the Scottish Government’s Commission on Widening Access (CoWA) targets, and on Scottish-domiciled student entrants to higher and further education in Scotland by socio-economic status/deprivation, gender, ethnicity, disability, care experience and age. Highlights that the CoWA Recommendation 32 states, by 2030, students from the 20% most deprived backgrounds should represent 20% of entrants to higher education. Finds that in 2017-18: 15.6% of Scottish domiciled full-time first degree entrants to Scottish universities were from the 20% most deprived areas (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation - SIMD20) in Scotland (an increase of 685 students from 2016/17); 42.9% of entrants to full-time Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) courses at college and full-time first degree courses at university studying at HE level were from SIMD20 areas, compared to 74.2% of those from the least deprived 20% areas studying at HE level; 89.4% - the overall retention rate for Scottish domiciled full-time first degree SIMD20 entrants completing year 1 and remaining in higher education (up 2% from 2016/17); and 2,545 care experienced entrants across further and higher education (up 475 from 2016/17).


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