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Blackburn comments on drop in applications from 18-year-olds living in disadvantaged areas in Scotland revealed by UCAS data

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  • Lucy Hunter Blackburn

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CREID's research on free fee policy in Scottish higher education continues to generate discussions in several media outlets following a recent release of UCAS figures which revealed a drop in application rates from 18-year-olds living in disadvantaged areas in Scotland.

Lucy Hunter Blackburn, one of our consultants and an ESRC-funded PhD student at our University, told CommonSpace (6th February 2018) that although the year-on-year figures deserve of attention, they are less important than trends over longer periods of time.

Meanwhile, while commenting on the influence of Lord Andrew Adonis who favoured the abolition of tuition fees, columnist Chris Deerin used Lucy's research evidence in the Herald Scotland (6th February 2018) to argue that Lord Adonis' idea of outright abolition of tuitions in Scotland was wrong. Deerin noted the no-fee policy plus the heavily reduced grants suggests that students from poorer backgrounds are leaving university with giant debts while those from better-off backgrounds who have been financially supported by their parents emerge relatively unscathed.

Lucy's research on the same topic was also picked up by Kaye Adams in her morning phone-in show 'Call Kaye' on BBC Radio Scotland (7th February 2018).

These two articles can be viewed via the following links:

Blackburn's research on tuition fees can be found on her own blog 'Adventures in Evidence' and on the following websites of our projects.

Period6 Feb 2018 → 6 Feb 2018

CREID's research on free fee policy in Scottish higher education continues to generate discussions in several media outlets following a recent release of UCAS figures which revealed a drop in application rates from 18-year-olds living in disadvantaged areas in Scotland.

Lucy Hunter Blackburn, one of our consultants and an ESRC-funded PhD student at our University, told CommonSpace (6th February 2018) that although the year-on-year figures deserve of attention, they are less important than trends over longer periods of time.

Meanwhile, while commenting on the influence of Lord Andrew Adonis who favoured the abolition of tuition fees, columnist Chris Deerin used Lucy's research evidence in the Herald Scotland (6th February 2018) to argue that Lord Adonis' idea of outright abolition of tuitions in Scotland was wrong. Deerin noted the no-fee policy plus the heavily reduced grants suggests that students from poorer backgrounds are leaving university with giant debts while those from better-off backgrounds who have been financially supported by their parents emerge relatively unscathed.

Lucy's research on the same topic was also picked up by Kaye Adams in her morning phone-in show 'Call Kaye' on BBC Radio Scotland (7th February 2018).

These two articles can be viewed via the following links:

Blackburn's research on tuition fees can be found on her own blog 'Adventures in Evidence' and on the following websites of our projects.

References

TitleAnalysis: New data shows decline in poorest students applying for university
Media name/outletCommonSpace
Date of coverage6/02/18
Producer/AuthorAlasdair Clark
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Titlehris Deerin: Why abolishing tuition fees is tokenistic, feel-good rubbish
Media name/outletThe Herald Scotland
Date of coverage6/02/18
Producer/AuthorChris Deerin
URLView reference

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