‘Decline in young students from disadvantaged backgrounds at Scottish universities’ Another year, another distortion from the Herald

Source: John Robertson ‘Decline in young students from disadvantaged backgrounds at Scottish universities’ Another year, another distortion from the Herald

There’s no point in my writing the same answer I gave last year as to why the above headline is largely meaningless in the Scottish context as so many of our students enter Higher Education via articulation schemes between FE colleges and universities. This approach, not available in England, actually improves access to Higher Education by cutting the travel and accommodation costs for up to two years, thus overall debt, of Scottish students. Here’s the link to what I wrote last year:

http://newsnet.scot/archive/disadvantaged-students-lack-scottish-english-evidence-means-no-firm-conclusions/

Nothing has changed.