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Widening Access - Equality of Access to Higher Education

  • Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 25 March 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-12642
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, 26 March 2024

That the Parliament notes the recent report by the Commissioner on Fair Access; welcomes the progress that has been made to widen access to university, with a 45% increase in students from the most deprived communities entering university since 2013-14; is grateful for the work of the higher education sector in achieving this success; agrees with the commissioner’s finding that increasing the share of students from the most deprived areas has not led to fewer students progressing to higher education from less deprived areas; reaffirms its commitment to widening access and to meeting the 2026 interim target and the 2030 target, which it agrees will require concerted effort from government and institutions to meet this challenge; agrees that it is vital that higher education continues to be based on the ability to learn rather than the ability to pay, and further agrees that undergraduate students in Scotland should not be expected to pay any form of tuition fees, whether up front or in the form of charges during their course or after graduation, such as graduate endowments or graduate taxes.


Supported by: Natalie Don, Jenny Gilruth

Vote

Result 69 for, 49 against, 1 abstained, 10 did not vote Vote Passed

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Alba Party

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Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S6M-12642.2

Widening Access - Equality of Access to Higher Education - Amendment - Amendment

Submitted by: Pam Duncan-Glancy, Glasgow, Scottish Labour, Date lodged: Monday, March 25, 2024

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Result 22 for, 97 against, 1 abstained, 9 did not vote Vote Defeated


Amendments that have not been voted on

Motion ref. S6M-12642.1

Widening Access - Equality of Access to Higher Education - Amendment - Amendment

Submitted by: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Monday, March 25, 2024

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Tuesday, March 26, 2024