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22/12/15 10:00

Record year for Scots

Final UCAS report confirms record 34,775 Scots accepted to university in 2015.

More Scots than ever before have been accepted to universities in both Scotland and the whole of the UK in 2015.

UCAS have published their end of year cycle report which shows the best ever performance by Scottish students. Key findings include the following:

  • Record number of Scots were accepted to university – 34,775, an increase of over 900 (3 per cent) after taking account of changes to the coverage of UCAS data
  • Record numbers were accepted to Scottish institutions – 46,390, an increase of around 600 (1 per cent)
  • Record number of Scots accepted to Scottish institutions – 33,030
  • Entry rates for applicants from the most deprived areas are 35 per cent higher than in 2006.

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance said:

“The signs have been good right from the first set of figures published at the start of the year and I am delighted that this year’s final report has shown such positive news for Scotland’s students and its universities.

“I am also very pleased at the long term improvement in the number of people from less well-off areas entering Higher Education. And that is before we take account of the substantial number of Scots studying Higher Education courses at college in Scotland who don’t apply through UCAS.

“These figures are testament to the hard work and effort of our students and the excellent reputation that our universities enjoy, both here and further afield. Viewed as world leading around the globe, we have five institutions in the world’s top 200, more per head of population than any other country except Luxembourg.

“That is precisely why we are continuing to invest over £1 billion in the sector, while ensuring Scottish domiciled students continue to benefit from free tuition. This is a key part of our work to ensure access to higher education remains based on the ability to learn not the ability to pay.”