The Scottish Government has made clear its commitment to social justice principles and recognises the need for firmer action to tackle the social class gap in higher education participation. In a recent policy statement, Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, stated: ‘… a child born today in one of our most deprived communities should have no less a chance of entering higher education than a child born in one of our least deprived. We want every child – whatever their background – to have an equal chance of attending university’. In order to identify the action needed to ensure that 20% of higher education students are drawn from the most socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods, a Commission on Widening Access chaired by Dame Ruth Silver was set up by the Scottish Government in 2015, reporting in 2016. A similar commitment to widen participation of people from disadvantaged backgrounds has been made by the Minister of State for Universities and Science in England (BIS, 2015), and social justice is one of the guiding principles of the Diamond Committee which is currently reviewing the provision of higher education in Wales.
This research, which builds on earlier analysis of higher education across the UK (Riddell et al, 2015), will provide an analysis of:
|Start date||25 Jauary 2016|
|End date||3 July 2016|
Principal Investigator: Professor Sheila Riddell
Co-Investigator: Dr Elisabet Weedon
Press coverage on CREID's report "Access in Scotland" (27-30.5.2016)
CREID's research on widening access noted in BBC News (4th Feb 2016)