Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for widening access to further and higher education in Scotland: strengthening pathways, admissions and student support

December 2018

The seminar provided a timely opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the next steps for widening access to further and higher education in Scotland.

Delegates examined The Scottish Government’s commitment in the Programme for Scotland to ensure fair funding, clarity and parity for students. In particular, discussion centred on the priorities for the effective implementation of the Framework for Fair Access.

Attendees also considered how best to develop the data infrastructure and strengthen data sharing between relevant agencies to support key stakeholders in higher and further education.

Further sessions looked at strengthening transitions into higher education from further education, as called for in The Scottish Government’s A Blueprint for Fairness: Final Report of the Commission on Widening Access.

Attendees also assessed progression, through a focus on best practice, from Higher National to Degrees, and other forms of flexible learner pathways, along with the work of the recently established National Articulation Forum in expanding full credit articulation to more students.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates