Equality News Update: Express and Star: More students from deprived areas accepted to Edinburgh University

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More students from some of Scotland’s most economically challenged areas are taking up places at Edinburgh University, according to a report.

The university has met an objective set out by the Scottish government to increase social diversity in the student population.

The Scottish Government’s Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) refers to the most deprived 20% of the country.

The government wants 20% of all students to come from these SIMD areas by 2030.

An initial commission on widening access set a target for universities to have 10% of new full-time Scottish degree students from SIMD20 by 2021.

Figures published indicate 195 students were accepted to the university from these areas for the 2018/19 year – 11% of its intake of full-time students from Scotland.

The university will on Tuesday unveil its Widening Participation Strategy with Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney, outlining a three-year plan to further improve access into higher education.

“We want every young person in Scotland to have an equal chance of success no matter their background or circumstance”
Education Secretary John Swinney

 

Read more at: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2018/10/31/more-students-from-deprived-areas-accepted-to-edinburgh-university/

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