Evidence submission to the Scottish Government Commission on Widening Access – 2015/16

The 2015 Scottish Government Programme for Government sets out the vision of a fairer, more equal Scotland. Central to that vision is the ambition that a child born today in one of our most deprived communities should, by the time he or she leaves school, have the same chance of accessing higher education as a child born in one of our least deprived.
The Commission on Widening Access was established to advise Ministers on how this ambition can be met.
There was a call for evidence in June 2015 in order to inform the strategic work of the Commission under the following three themes:

1. Identification and removal of the barriers to access and retention
2. Identification and scaling up of best practice on their dismantling
3. The data and measures needed to support access and retention

Professor Cristina Iannelli and colleagues from the Education and Social Stratification research programme submitted a response to this call. Read the submission of evidence.

The interim report in 2015 and the final report from the Commission, published in 2016, cited AQMeN findings and recommendations.

Find out more about AQMeN engagement with the Commission on Widening Access in this Impact Case Study – Social inequalities in education and the graduate labour market.