Tuesday 06-08-2019 - 14:51
The overall proportion of students from the poorest backgrounds has continued to increase, according to UCAS statistics published on SQA results day. However, this comes as the overall number of students in Scotland applying and being placed through UCAS has fallen.
Figures also showed that the number of EU students accepted has dropped 5 per cent (160 students) on last year, whilst the number of non-EU international students securing a place at a Scottish university increased by 9 per cent, hitting a record of 2,330 students.
Commenting on the figures, NUS Scotland President Liam McCabe said:
“Today’s a big day for learners across Scotland who’ve been patiently waiting on their exam results. I’d like to offer my congratulations to all those who’ve been placed through UCAS. And I’d urge anyone who didn’t get the results they’d hope for not to be disheartened. UCAS, Skills Development Scotland and the SQA are all on hand to offer help and advice for those students who are now figuring out their next move.
“While it’s welcome to see an increase in the proportion of students from Scotland’s most deprived communities gaining a place to university, this comes as overall numbers of applications and acceptances have both declined amongst Scottish domiciled students. We hope that as more places are made available through clearing we will see an increase in the number of students being placed.”
The UCAS figures also revealed that a record number of non-EU international students have secured a place at university in Scotland – an increase of 9 per cent. Meanwhile, the number of EU students fell 5 per cent.
Commenting further Liam McCabe added:
“We're pleased to see that Scotland's reputation as an attractive place to study persists and that we're attracting talented students from around the world, with the number of non-EU international students getting a place at Scottish universities up 9 per cent on last year.
“International students – who apply and secure university places independently from Scottish domiciled students – are part of the fabric of our communities and positively contribute immeasurably across Scotland.
“However, it’s deeply concerning to see the number of EU students applying to Scottish universities drop again this year. NUS Scotland will continue to make the case to protect all students from the disastrous impact of the UK government’s hard Brexit agenda.”