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(1)The Scottish Ministers must, within—
(a)the period of one year beginning on the day this Act received Royal Assent, and
(b)each of the four subsequent periods of one year,
lay before the Scottish Parliament a report assessing the impact that section 1 of this Act has had in relation to widening access to higher education.
(2)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), a report under that subsection must include such information on—
(a)the proportion of Scottish domiciled entrants to higher education falling within subsection (3), and
(b)the proportion of such entrants who complete their course of higher education,
as the Scottish Ministers consider necessary to enable a comparison to be made with the equivalent figures for entrants to higher education in each academic session since 2001-02.
(3)An entrant to higher education falls within this subsection if the entrant is from one of the 20 per cent lowest ranked areas in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
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