New £5m fund to increase digital inclusion

Thursday 13-08-2020 - 00:00
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A new £5 million fund has been created to help colleges and universities tackle digital exclusion among disadvantaged students, the Scottish Funding Council has announced. 

The cash is being made available to institutions to help bridge the “digital divide” by providing additional support for Scotland’s most disadvantaged students with the digital devices they need to access learning. Find out more about the fund here.  

Matt Crilly, NUS Scotland President said: 

“Today’s announcement is very welcome. As students and apprentices return to a blended model of learning, it is more important than ever that they have access to the laptops, internet, and equipment that they will need to succeed in their studies. 

“Investment in digital support is positive news for students across Scotland, particularly as we see a rise in the number of working class students gaining a place in college and university education this year, for whom the cost of learning is often the greatest.” 

Audio clip from Matt Crilly is available here

 

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