Implementing 'A Blueprint for Fairness': progress report

Report on the implementation of the Blueprint's recommendations for achieving equality of access to higher education in Scotland.

Annex B: Summary of recommendations and delivery responsibilities

The Commission addressed the majority of its recommendations to specific stakeholders such as the Scottish Government ( SG), Scottish Funding Council ( SFC), universities, colleges, schools, Skills Development Scotland ( SDS), local authorities ( LAs), early years practitioners or the Commissioner for Fair Access. The table below shows which parts of the system the Commission envisaged should lead on the delivery of each recommendation.

◼= Responsible for delivery

◻= Key stakeholder










Early Years


Fair Acc.

1. Appoint Commissioner

2. Develop Framework for Fair Access

3. Public funding - focus on programmes consistent with the Framework

4. Coordinated approach to access, coherent & comprehensive offer to learners

5. Admissions/entry based on education rationale/recognises more flexible pathways

6. Better use of key transition phases ( SCQF 6 to 8)

7. Development of national model of bridging programmes

8. More demanding articulation targets

9. Monitor expansion of articulation

10. New models of articulation

11. Access thresholds

12. Transparency re: thresholds / contextual admissions

13. University rankings

14. Independent review of non-academic factors

15. Engage with youngest children and families

16. Academically based programmes for highly able school learners

17. More coordinated & tailored information advice and guidance offer

18. Access to Highers


19. Research into impact of student finance

20. Better information on student finance

21. Care experience offer of place

22. Care experience full bursary

23. Approach to identify care experienced learners

24. Review of funds incl. Access & Retention Fund

25. Monitor institutions' spend from core funding

26. Options for more targeted funding models

27. Make more extensive use of regulatory powers

28. Other regulatory frameworks to include access objectives

29. Improve tracking ( ULN) and sharing of data

30. Enhanced analysis and publication of data

31. Develop access measures

32. Implement targets

33. Consider further work (other access groups & outcomes after study)

34. Report on progress


Email: Laura Duffy

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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