The Scottish definition of ‘deprived’ seems to relate to Quintile 1 (red) in the graph above but it is encouraging also to note quite dramatic increases in quintiles 2 and 3.
This reveals a steady growth in students living in Scotland entering Scottish universities against the background of a fairly static trend for EU and non-EU candidates.
From news.gov.scot today:
‘A record number of full-time first-degree students at Scottish universities were from the most deprived areas in Scotland last year. New figures show that, in 2017/18, 15.6% of students entering university were from the 20% most deprived areas. This is 0.4% short of the Government’s target for 2021. Last year also saw an increase in the total number of Scottish students enrolling in Scottish universities. The statistics, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), show the latest progress in the drive to widen access to higher education.’