The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Drop in poorer students attending university

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The number of students from Scotland’s poorest areas going to university has fallen, new figures have revealed.

Equality data from the university admissions body Ucas showed a decline in applicatio­ns from and places awarded to those from the most deprived 20% of areas.

The Scottish Government has placed a major focus on cutting the attainment gap between rich and poor, and increasing the number of Scots from the worst-off communitie­s who make it to university.

The figures showed 1,215 applicants from this group were given a place in 2015, down from 1,305 the previous year.

St Andrews University placed 15 Scottish students from the poorest areas in 2015, down from 25 in 2014.

Edinburgh took on 75 students from this background in 2015, compared to 100 the previous year, while the total in Glasgow remained stable at 190. Meanwhile, the city’s Strathclyd­e University accepted 215 students from the poorest areas, up from 200 in 2014.

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