Rise in Scottish students being accepted into university

UCAS data has shown that the number of Scottish domiciled students being offered a place at Scottish universities is the second highest on record, up one per cent to 28,240.

The number of acceptances from the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland to UK universities has also increased to a record high of 4,360.

Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead said: “Congratulations to everyone who has secured a place at university. The increase in acceptances for Scottish students from all backgrounds gaining a place at a Scottish university is very encouraging, especially given the past few difficult months.

“The figures also show that the number of people from the most deprived areas being accepted to university is at a record high. We want every young person in Scotland to have an equal chance of success, no matter their background or circumstances, and I am pleased we continue to make steady progress here.

“For anyone disappointed with their results, the SQA’s appeals process is now open. The clearing process is also now live and places are still available for those who want to study in Scotland.

“It is, however, no surprise that the combination of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and a looming Brexit has led to a drop in EU students, who are still eligible to apply for tuition fees. EU students enrich our campus life and I hope we can still welcome many of them to our world-leading institutions.”


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