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Fee regimes and widening access in the four UK nations: Are no-fees regimes necessarily more socially inclusive?

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAchieving Equity and Quality in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Perspectives in an Era of Widening Participation
EditorsMahsood Shah, Jade McKay
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783319783161
ISBN (Print)9783319783154
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Excellence and Equity in Global Education
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan


The chapter begins with an overview of the funding and support regimes in the different UK jurisdictions. We then examine the range of policy interventions which have been pursued in order to facilitate widening access by pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Finally, we examine statistical data to explore the success of the different regimes in attracting students from less advantaged backgrounds into higher education, questioning whether the Scottish no-fees system is more successful than those in other parts of the UK.

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