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  • Writer's pictureKenneth Gibson MSP


A record 183,025 Scottish domiciled students studied at Scotland’s universities in 2021-22.

The latest Higher Education Student Statistics show the number of Scottish students at Scotland’s universities rose from 180,170 in 2020-21 to 183,025 a year later.

Scottish universities also saw a record number of students graduating in 2021-22, increasing by over 13% from 82,850 in 2020-21 to 93,775.

Furthermore, 5,595 Scots from Scotland’s most deprived areas went to university last year, a 41% increase since the SNP Government’s Commission on Widening Access was established.

Kenneth Gibson MSP said:

“It is hugely encouraging to see a record number of Scottish domiciled students taking advantage of the world-class universities on our doorstep. These figures demonstrate the continued strength of our university sector.

“Of course, Scottish students pay no university tuition fees in Scotland. Fees are currently £9,250 in England under the Tories and £9,000 in Wales under Labour.

“Access to education should be based on the ability to learn and every child growing up in Scotland should have an equal chance of attending university, regardless of their background and circumstances.”


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