New £5m fund to target digital exclusion of disadvantaged students in Scotland

The Scottish Funding Council announced a £5 million fund dedicated to bridging the digital divide through supporting colleges and universities to tackle digital exclusion among disadvantaged students. Alongside this fund, other funding includes £75 million to protect university research, £10 million for estates development, and early access to £11.4 million of higher education hardship funds. ‘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 further and higher education this year, for whom the cost of learning is often the greatest,’ said National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland president Matt Crilly.