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Scots students disadvantaged when it comes to university clearing places

As the university clearing process gets underway, Scottish students have approximately half the opportunity to access Scottish University UCAS clearing places compared to English or non-EU students, new research has shown.

The analysis highlights that only 1059 courses at Scottish universities are available to Scottish students while their English counterparts can access 2101 courses at Scottish universities and non- EU students can access 2372.

Following the recent UCAS statistics that showed that the number of Scottish students at Scottish universities has declined by 4 percent in the last year, these figures raise yet more concerns about the SNP’s damaging higher education “cap”.

The Scottish Conservatives have said that this situation is more evidence of the discrimination inherent within higher education under the SNP. 

Scottish Conservative Shadow Education Secretary Liz Smith said:

“Despite all their hard work, an increasing number of Scottish students lose out because of the discrimination which is inherent within the SNP’s higher education policy and that includes the clearing process for which the in-built attraction for universities is those students who pay fees.

“The university sector is facing very difficult financial circumstances thanks to SNP budget cuts, the net result of which is the growing pressures within institutions to take more students from fee-paying backgrounds.

“These most recent clearing statistics are further proof of the unfairness and the discrimination which affects Scots domiciled students.”


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