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S5W-03139: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 22 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-02456 by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 22 September 2016, whether it will provide the number of applications for dyslexia support received by the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 3 October 2016

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) administer the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) which is a needs led funding award based on demand. DSA helps support equality of access to higher education for individual students.

The following table shows the number of DSA applications to SAAS from students who have declared they are dyslexic.

 

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

Total number of students

2,655

2,810

2,585

2,910

2,940

Number of university students

2,180

2,300

2,095

2,265

2,340

Number of college students

475

510

490

645

600

Source: SAAS

Note: DSA funding from SAAS is available to students undertaking a course of higher education at universities, colleges and eligible private institutions. The data in the table for colleges also includes private institutions.