The decision to participate in higher education (HE) is generally considered to be one which is determined at an early age and which is influenced by a number of factors, including socio-economic background and prior educational attainment. The barriers faced by individuals wishing to participate in HE are wide ranging, are not mutually exclusive and, indeed, can act in concert to discourage participation. The cross-cutting nature of these barriers has encouraged the emergence of a wide range of public policies aimed at widening access to lifelong learning, including HE.
Read SPICe Briefing: Widening Access to Higher Education: Policy in Scotland (367KB pdf)
Published: 19 February 2010