Young People from Deprived Backgrounds: Access to Higher Education

Part of Education – in the House of Commons on 14th March 2022.

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Photo of Andrew Bowie Andrew Bowie Conservative, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

In the Secretary of State’s statement on the Augar review last month, he said:

“Access to higher education must be dependent on attainment and ability to succeed, and not inhibited by a student’s background.”—[Official Report, 24 February 2022; Vol. 709, c. 489.]

Will the Minister expand on how the Department will ensure that that is the case, so that we avoid the situation overseen by the Scottish Government where people from a deprived background are now less likely to enter higher education than when they took office?