Encouraging people to enter further and higher education who have previously been under‐represented in these sectors. This includes people from a wider range of educational, social, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and from a wider range of abilities and skills. A drive to widen participation in post‐compulsory education and training is presented as part of the government's policy to create a more highly skilled workforce. To this end, specific targets were set in the 2006 White Paper Further Education: Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances, which include:
Widening participation and access is a focus for Scottish universities. In 2001 every higher education institution signed a seven‐point commitment to improving social inclusion in higher education (Commitment to Inclusion, March 2001). This issue has been addressed in the 2005 Learning for All document by the Scottish Funding Council. See also inclusivity; Kennedy Report.
http://www.sfc.ac.uk/publications/pubs_other_sfcarchive/learning_for_all_publication_september_2005.pdf Provides a downloadable version of Learning for All.