Laying the foundations for fair access: annual report 2017 from the Commissioner for Fair Access

This is the first annual report from the Commissioner for Fair Access, covering the wider context of access to higher education in Scotland.


Atherton, G., Dumangane, C. and Whitty, G. (2016) Charting Equity in Higher Education: Drawing the Global Access Map, London: Pearson

Audit Scotland (2016) Audit of Higher Education in Scottish Universities, Edinburgh: Audit Scotland

Boliver, V., Crawford, C., Powell, M. and Craig's, W. (2017) Admissions in Context: The Use of Contextual Information by Leading Universities, London: Sutton Trust

Boliver, V., Gorard, S, Powell, M. and Moreira, T (2017) Mapping and Evaluating the Use of Contextual Data in Undergraduate Admissions in Scotland (4 reports), Edinburgh: Scottish Funding Council

Colleges Scotland (2016) Think Piece: The Learning and Skills Journey, Stirling: Colleges Scotland

Commission on Widening Access (2015) Interim Report, Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Commission on Widening Access (2016) Blueprint for Fairness (Final Report), Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Commissioner for Fair Access (2017) Discussion Paper: Contextual Admissions, Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Commissioner for Fair Access (2017) Discussion Paper: UCAS applications, offers and acceptances, Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Department for Education (2017) Participation Rates In Higher Education: Academic Years 2006/2007 – 2015/2016, Edinburgh: Scottish Funding Council

Gallacher, J. (2016) 'Higher education in the college sector: widening access or diversion? Questions and Challenges from the Scottish experience', Journal of Education and Work

Hunter-Blackburn, L., Kadar-Satat, G., Riddell, S. and Weedon, L. (2016) Access in Scotland: Access to Higher Education for People from Less Advantaged Backgrounds in Scotland, London: Sutton Trust / University of Edinburgh (Centre for Research in Inclusion and Diversity)

Ianelli, C. (2016) The Role of Institutional Factors for Widening Participation in Higher Education, Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh (Applied Quantitative Methods Network)

Independent Adviser on Poverty and Inclusion (2017) The Life Chances of Young People in Scotland: A Report to the First Minister, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Leach, M. (2017) 'Is there really a record number of disadvantaged students in HE?', WonkHE, November 20, 2017.

Picketty, T. (2014) Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press

Scottish Government (2011) Putting Learners at the Centre: Delivering Our Ambitions for Post-16 Education, Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Scottish Government (2014) First Minister - Programme for Government, Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Scottish Government (2016) Introducing the Scottish Government Index of Multiple Deprivation 2016, Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

Scottish Government (2017) Young People's Experience of Education and Training from 15-24 Years: A Report to the Scottish Government [ SQW in partnership with Young Scot], Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Scottish Funding Council (2017) Report on Widening Access 2015/16, Edinburgh: Scottish Funding Council

Scottish Funding Council (2017) Students and Qualifiers 2015/16, Edinburgh: Scottish Funding Council

Student Support Review in Scotland (2017) A New Social Contract for Students, Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Sutton Trust (2017) Sutton Trust: The Next 5 Years, London: Sutton Trust

UCAS (2017) Interim assessment of UCAS acceptances for the 2017 cycle, 4 weeks after A level results day, Cheltenham: UCAS

Universities Scotland (2016) Futures not Backgrounds, Edinburgh: Universities Scotland

Universities Scotland (2017) Working to Widen Access, Edinburgh: Universities Scotland

Weedon, E. (2014) Working Paper 1: Widening Participation to Higher Education of Under-Represented Groups in Scotland: The Challenges of Using Performance Indicators, Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh (Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity / Centre for Educational Sociology)

Wyness, G., Murphy, R. and Scott-Clayton, J. (2017) 'The real costs of free university: lessons from the UK', CEPR (Centre for Economic Policy Research), October 21, 2017.


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