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S5W-02457: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 8 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the average grant awarded by the Student Award Agency for Scotland was for support to students with dyslexia in (a) further and (b) higher education institutions in each year since 2010-11.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 22 September 2016

The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) administer the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) which is a needs led funding based on demand. DSA helps support equality for individual students.

The following table shows the average DSA award granted by SAAS for students who have declared they have dyslexia.

 

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

All

 

 

 

 

 

Amount of support (£ million)

3.803

3.962

3.126

3.53

3.223

Average support per student (£ thousand)

1,500

1,400

1,300

1,300

1,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

Universities

 

 

 

 

 

Amount of support (£ million)

2.964

3.07

2.311

2.555

2.473

Average support per student (£ thousand)

1,400

1,400

1,200

1,300

1,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colleges

 

 

 

 

 

Amount of support (£ million)

0.84

0.893

0.815

0.975

0.749

Average support per student (£ thousand)

1,800

1,800

1,800

1,700

1,400

 

Notes: DSA funding from SAAS is available to those undertaking a course of higher education at eligible colleges, universities and private institutions. The data provided for colleges includes publicly funded colleges and private institutions.