Marlyn Glen MSP

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Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland

WARP funding plea for Dundee’s two universities

28 January 2010

Marlyn Glen is pressing Education Secretary Mike Russell to support the retention of WARP funding for universities such as Abertay and Dundee.
The Scottish Funding Council is to review WARP- the Widening Accesss Retention Premium programme – which aims to increase and sustain the number of students from low-participation areas.

In the latest year Dundee University received WARP funding of £700,000 and Abertay University £300,000.

Ms. Glen said,

“Now that the country has edged out of recession , this is not the time to limit the opportunities of those from less advantaged backgrounds to benefit from a university education.

” Education remains the best lifelong path to achievement, irrespective of background or personal circumstances, and WARP is a programme that recognises and fosters that potential.”

Ms. Glen had tabled questions in the Scottish Parliament on how the two Dundee-based universities fare in comparison with other higher education institutes in Scotland in the past three years in recruiting students from low-participation areas.
She has also tabled questions on their success rate at attracting students from state schools and colleges, the drop out rates after the first year of study, and how these compare from the “benchmark” figures set ( e.g. what percentage of students were expected to drop out after first year.)

The questions she has tabled are :

To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage of full-time first degree entrants from national statistics socio-economic combined classification groups 4, 5, 6, and 7 has been at each higher education institution in each of the last three years for which information is available and what the respective benchmarks were.

To ask the Scottish Executive what the percentage of full-time first degree entrants from state schools or colleges has been at each higher education institution in each of the last three years for which information is available and what the respective benchmarks were.

To ask the Scottish Executive what have been the percentage of students not continuing full-time first degree courses beyond the first year at each Higher Education Institute in Scotland in each of the latest available three years; and what have been the respective benchmarks

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