‘Crude’ measure to widen access comes under fire

Universities’ efforts to prioritise poorer students ‘exclude communities’, critics say

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As students celebrated their exam results last week, there was also good news on widening access to higher education. Figures from admissions body Ucas showed that a record number of students from Scotland’s most disadvantaged areas had gained a place at university.

It was then revealed that two of Scotland’s ancient universities, Glasgow and Edinburgh, were to give all their clearing places – those yet to be filled after results day – to deprived students, with the aim of further improving their record on widening access.

However, the mechanism used to both measure the proportion of students ...

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