Julia Belgutay

‘If you can make a difference, however small, you should’

Scotland’s new commissioner for fair access to higher education says FE is key to widening participation

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Colleges are critical to widening participation in higher education, Scotland’s new commissioner for fair access to higher education has said.

Speaking to TESS, Professor Sir Peter Scott said: “I think colleges are just as important as universities.”

Articulation, the process where students move to university from college with credit for their prior learning, was one of the main factors that could encourage wider access, he stressed. “One of the reasons there they have a higher access rate [for those from deprived backgrounds] in Scotland than in England is because of colleges.

“They are ...

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