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St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest college

The top of admissions on the College of St Andrews mentioned it had a very good “pupil range” coverage with out having to be a “charitable enterprise”.

Mike Johnson mentioned the elite Fife establishment had outreach programmes which related with native communities.

Latest figures confirmed that the variety of 18-year-olds from Scotland’s poorest areas going to college was down.

Mr Johnson mentioned a very good college wanted “range of thought” from its “range of scholars”.

The admissions’ director was talking to BBC radio presenter Invoice Whiteford who was internet hosting Thursday’s Good Morning Scotland programme from St Andrews, Scotland’s oldest college.

Mr Johnson mentioned: “We meet our funded locations allocation with Scottish college students, we can not go above that cap however we all the time meet that quantity by way of Scottish college students.

“What we wish to see is the variety of the coed, wherever that pupil comes from.

“It should not be seen as some charitable enterprise at universities – that is concerning the range of a pupil bringing range of thought, we would like many world views.

“When college students are in tutorials we would like them to come back from totally different backgrounds, that is good for universities, there is no such thing as a doubt about that.”

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The Scottish authorities desires to widen entry to schooling for probably the most disadvantaged communities

The Scottish authorities has positioned a significant deal with chopping the attainment hole between wealthy and poor, and growing the variety of Scots from the worst-off communities making it to college.

Nevertheless, some politicians and education experts imagine the cap on funded college locations must be lifted if the system goes to focus on poorer college students with out impacting on the broader pupil inhabitants.

Convenor of Universities Scotland, Andrea Nolan, instructed the programme it was essential to present “as many alternatives as we are able to to individuals who we imagine have the potential and the flexibility to succeed”.

She defined “In Scotland we have now a set variety of locations for Scottish and EU domicile college students and as we search to widen entry to individuals from communities which might be underrepresented at universities that’s going to place strain in a set system.”

Ms Nolan mentioned lifting the cap on locations was a method of “increasing the system”.

She added: “There are different methods the place we are able to work extra effectively with our colleagues within the faculty sector, however we’re eager to have the chance accessible to these attending increased schooling, if that’s the proper pathway for them. So that will contain increasing locations.”

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Ms Nolan mentioned universities had been eager to speak with the Scottish authorities about guaranteeing that “everyone who has the potential and skill to succeed at college will get that chance”.

Training Secretary John Swinney mentioned work was below means to enhance entry to schooling for these from probably the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

He instructed the BBC: “We now have to work collaboratively with the colleges, with different gamers within the schooling system to verify we strengthen the attainment of younger individuals and be certain that younger individuals are capable of have a large alternative of what vacation spot they wish to pursue.”