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Universities are warned not to depend on overseas fees

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University chiefs have been urged not to become too reliant on the fees paid by overseas students who come to Scotland to study. The warning, from one of the country’s most prestigious academic bodies, follows the emergence of high quality online courses, particularly for postgraduate students. Their emergence means ­international students can secure qualifications without the significant expense of studying abroad. ... Read More »

Scottish independence: University influx fears

University of Edinburgh

BY CHRIS MARSHALL Universities have called on the Scottish Government to provide “legally-defensible certainty” that institutions will be able to deal with an influx of English students following independence. In a submission to the Scottish Parliament’s education committee, Universities Scotland said a yes vote would “inevitably” lead to more students heading north of the border in search of free tuition. ... Read More »

Scots universities accused of scrimping on pay

Scots universities

BY CHRIS MARSHALL Scotland’s universities are spending a smaller proportion of their money on staff costs despite seeing their overall income rise to £3 billion last year, according to a new report. Research by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) found total income in the higher education sector rose by 6.4 per cent in 2012-13, with almost 58 per cent ... Read More »

Scottish universities more elitist than rest of UK

By Rhiannon Williams Scotland’s universities are continuing to lag behind that elsewhere in the UK for the number of students admitted from deprived backgrounds, according to new figures. Details released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show 26.6 per cent of full-time undergraduates studying in Scotland in 2011-12 came from the poorest homes, compared with 30.7 per cent across ... Read More »

Scottish universities blame UK immigration for fewer Indian students

Indian students UK

A group representing Scottish universities has criticised the UK immigration authorities for a fall in the number of students studying in Scotland from certain key developing countries including India, Pakistan and Nigeria. Alistair Sim, director of Universities Scotland revealed on 12th February 2013 that the number of Indian students beginning their studies at Scottish universities in 2011-12 was down significantly ... Read More »

Scottish universities suffer at hands of UKBA

Scottish universities

The figures show a 25.8% drop in the number of Indian students, a 24.9% drop in Pakistani students and a 14.1% drop in the number of Nigerian students studying at Scottish universities for 2011/12. The fall has occurred only months after the UKBA announced the end to its post-study work route for international students. SNP MP Pete Wishart received a ... Read More »

Scottish universities to accept poorer children whose exam grades fall short

By Christopher Marshall Children from poor backgrounds will be able to go to university despite not having the grades under new plans to increase access to higher education in Scotland. Scotland on Sunday has learned that every university in the country is set to “contextualise” new entrants, taking into account a candidate’s background rather than simply refusing a place based ... Read More »

Scotland: Universities dismiss idea of easier entry for poorer students

Scotland’s university principals have rejected proposals to widen access by lowering entry requirements for poorer students. The National Union of Students (NUS) said it was time for universities to sign up to legally binding and enforceable widening access agreements, along with the use of “differential offers” to increase the participation of those from deprived backgrounds. Figures released by the NUS ... Read More »

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