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University of St Andrews to help 'poorer' students

27 November 2012 Last updated at 15:20 GMT

Scotland's oldest university has called for more effort to boost the attainment levels of aspiring students from poorer backgrounds.

The University of St Andrews has been criticised for admitting just 14 students from Scotland's 20 most deprived areas last year.

Stephen Magee, vice-principal with responsibility for admissions at St Andrews, said: "We want Scotland's brightest here, regardless of background."

BBC Scotland's education correspondent Seonag Mackinnon reports.