I’m grateful to TuS reader John Jamieson for alerting me to this. I do loving patronising the thicker Scottish Labour and Tory representatives we see so often faithfully reported in ‘our’ MSM.
The above table is used in ‘Scrap the cap‘, today from Reform Scotland, the right-wing think tank headed up by Lord McConnell and former Tory researcher and BBC TV ‘mum’, Alison Payne. McConnell used to be a maths teacher in Alloa. Payne used to be a girl guide leader,
They have, with all the intelligence of a typical Labour MSP, leapt on that 83.7% in the bottom right-hand corner of the table above, to announce a 84% increase in the scale of rejection facing Scottish domicile students.
As John pointed out it’s meaningless and I feel sure UCAS would be horrified to see it used in the way they have, critically, out of context.
To be meaningful in any way, you need to compare the percentage of the applicants not accepted in 2006 (24.3%) with that in 2021 (28.7%). So, a 4.4% increase in non-acceptances. Not so dramatic now?
Also, as John pointed out to me, to identify a trend, look at the acceptance rate in the last 5 years (average 72.1%) with that for the previous 5 (68.2%). So, an improving trend with an increasing percentage of Scottish domicile students being accepted.
McConnell and Payne – fail 38%.