Professor Sir Peter Scott
Professor Sir Peter Scott will give one of his first Learning and Teaching Conference addresses in his new Scottish Government appointed role as Commissioner for Fair Access, outlining his ambitions and priorities for widening access within the Scottish higher education sector.
Peter Scott is Professor of Higher Education Studies at the Institute of Education, University College London and was appointed Commissioner for Fair Access by the Scottish Government in December 2016. On his appointment, Professor Scott said: “The greatest challenge facing all Higher Education systems in the world is how to remove barriers to fair access, and reduce the glaring inequalities in participation between haves and have-nots. These inequalities undermine our efforts to build a high-skill economy and, more fundamentally, deny individuals the opportunities that should be available to all citizens in a democracy.” During his keynote address, Peter Scott will prompt delegates to join him in considering whether widening access is a zero sum game.
Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP was appointed Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science in May 2016. She has worked as a parliamentary researcher, a Policy and Public Affairs Officer at the Chartered Institute of Housing and as a Media and Campaigns Officer at the Royal College of Nursing. Shirley-Anne was previously an MSP for the Lothians region from 2007 to 2011, and returned to the Scottish Parliament in 2016 as MSP for Dunfermline. Her responsibilities include: higher education and universities; student funding; and youth work. She will address the Conference on the Scottish policy landscape and the Government’s priorities for higher education in Scotland.
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