Care pledge

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the country’s higher education institutions joined us on campus to pledge support to care-experienced university applicants across the country.

All of Scotland’s HE institutions are to guarantee a place to care-experienced applicants who meet minimum entry requirements for undergraduate programmes.

It is hoped the sector-wide promise will transform the number of care-experienced people going to university. The pledge was formally announced at an event on campus with support from the First Minister, our Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE, and the Principal of the University of St Andrews, Professor Sally Mapstone. They were joined by care-experienced young people planning to apply to university.

Professor Gillies said: “The announcement demonstrates that universities across Scotland recognise the importance of those who have had an experience of care and the huge potential they have.”

GCU already has a strong record on widening access with 23.5% of our Scottish full-time first degree entrants coming from the most deprived backgrounds, compared with a Scottish average of 15.6%. In addition, 90.5% of those students return to study in year two, compared to a sector average of 89.4%.