University Application Rates Show There is Much More Still to Do

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 @ 2:41PM

Commenting on the latest UCAS figures on university applications, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kezia Dugdale MSP,said:

“We should always celebrate an increase in the number of Scottish school leavers who apply to university. It represents more of our young people with the confidence and determination to continue their studies in higher education and is a tribute to our young people, their families and teachers.

“But these figures must also give us pause for thought. As yet, we don’t know whether university access has been opened up more successfully to all social groups in Scotland, or whether young people from our poorest backgrounds remain the least likely in the UK to go to university. We continue to lag behind the majority of the rest of the UK in university applications and the growth in applications over the past decade is the joint lowest of the four home countries.

“We need to do so much more to raise the aspirations of all of our young people. We need to ensure that our further education sector is properly funded and that training and employment opportunities for those who wish to leave full-time education are in place and are the best they can be.

“So while these figures show some encouraging signs, the picture for post-16 education remains complex and mixed. There is a lot more that we need to do.”

UCAS figures can be found here:

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