Increased number of Scots from deprived areas in higher education, Ucas finds

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More people from Scotland’s most deprived areas are securing places at higher education institutions, figures have indicated.

The latest Ucas End of Cycle Report showed a 54% offer rate for applications in 2018 from quintile one – the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland.

It accounted for 15,445 offers – up from 14,710 (51%) in 2017 – with increases also seen in the four other quintiles:

– 1.3% in quintile two (16,115 students up from 15,660)

– 0.9% in quintiles three and four (17,250 students up from 17,120 and 21,530 up from 21,365)

– 0.6% in quintile five, which is considered the 20% least deprived areas (28,110 students up from 28,025).

Minister for Further and Higher Education Richard Lochhead said: “The Scottish Government wants every young person in Scotland to have an equal chance of success, no matter their background or circumstance.

“By 2030, we want 20% of students entering university to come from Scotland’s most deprived backgrounds, a policy that the Commissioner for Fair Access Sir Peter Scott has said ‘vindicates’ free higher education.

“It’s great to see the increase in people from our most deprived areas getting a place at a Scottish University in today’s Ucas data.

“However, there is still more to do, and I would encourage all of our universities to continue to build on the positive progress that has been made.”