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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19327: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many Scotland-domiciled students have been unable to access a place at a Scottish university due to the cap on places in the current academic year.

Answered by: Richard Lochhead 26 October 2018

The Scottish Government firmly believes that access to university should not be based on the ability to pay, however, there is a need to exert a level of control over the higher education budget, which means that the number of students able to access a funded place is not unlimited. In 2018-19 our funding provided for 128,176 funded places across all years of study for eligible students at Scottish universities, an increase of 747 places from 2017-18.

The number of Scottish students successful in getting a place at a Scottish university in 2018-19 increased 2% on the previous year to 33,530.

While that is the case, the Scottish Government does not collect or hold information on the reasons why individual students are unable to access a place at a Scottish university. As autonomous institutions, universities are responsible for setting and administering their own admissions criteria and processes.