Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

No Rest-of-UK Flood for Scottish Sector

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

No Rest-of-UK Flood for Scottish Sector

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Fears that Scottish universities would offer more places to undergraduates from the rest of the UK because they come with more money attached appear to be unfounded, research by Times Higher Education suggests.

From 2012-13, institutions north of the border will be able to charge other UK students up to Pounds 9,000 a year in tuition fees, whereas Scottish and other European Union applicants will go free.

A teaching grant from the Scottish government will support those undergraduates, set at Pounds 5,278 a year for low-cost subjects such as the humanities.

More money is allocated for students studying expensive courses such as engineering and medicine, but if fees from other UK students do not cover the required amount, Holyrood will make up the difference.

By contrast, rest-of-UK students will be charged an average of Pounds 6,890 a year, potentially giving Scottish universities a greater financial incentive to accept such applicants on lower-cost courses.

However, only the University of Edinburgh has increased the proportion of offers it makes to UK students hailing from outside Scotland. …

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