Tuesday 09-08-2016 - 11:05
NUS Scotland has today welcomed a move which will see an additional 28,300 Scottish applicants accepted to higher education in advance of clearing on the morning of SQA results day.
The figures represent a five per cent increase from number of Scottish students accepted in 2015 which stood at 27,000.
The majority of those accepted today (27,400) were placed at Scottish universities or colleges
Commenting on the new figures, Vonnie Sandlan, NUS Scotland president, said: “It’s fantastic to see yet another year of record exam passes and, coming with that, the highest level of entry to university in Scotland ever recorded. That’s a great and deserved testament to the hard work of all our pupils and teachers who should be incredibly proud of everything they’ve achieved. We shouldn’t just be pleased by these results, but hugely encouraged by the good news it is for our students, universities, and Scotland as a whole.
“What’s important now is ensuring that we’re able to follow through on these great results, and that that all those young people with the potential to succeed in higher education have the opportunity to do so. Despite steady progress, we can still do more on fair access and increasing the number of students from the poorest backgrounds at our universities. In amongst all the good news for students, we also shouldn’t forget those who might not have got the results they wanted. There are still lots of options available, and all those students who are worried shouldn’t be afraid to seek out advice and support for what to do next from UCAS or careers advisers.
“In another year of increased demand, we want to see government, the funding council and institutions working together to maximise opportunities and access for all students. As applications continue to get processed, and more opportunities through clearing open up, we need to make sure that universities have the incentive and ability to convert as many applications to acceptances as they can, and continue to increase the numbers of opportunities available for students. Looking ahead, while we’ve seen yet another welcome increase in the numbers of students from our most deprived communities going to university, we can and must do more to increase the number of places, and opportunities, available– not least to meet the ambitious targets set by the Commission on Widening Access.”