Scottish Daily Mail

Uni­ver­si­ties in Bud­get plea

- Business · Education · Scotland · United Kingdom · Government of the United Kingdom · Kate Forbes

NEXT year’s Scot­tish Bud­get needs to de­liver a ‘re­li­able, sus­tain­able fund­ing set­tle­ment’ for uni­ver­si­ties to help with the coun­try’s re­cov­ery from Covid-19, it has been claimed.

Uni­ver­si­ties Scot­land said this week’s UK Gov­ern­ment Spend­ing Re­view failed to set out clearly how much money will be avail­able for higher ed­u­ca­tion north of the Border via ei­ther ad­di­tional money an­nounced for re­search or the Shared Pros­per­ity Fund.

With the end of the Brexit tran­si­tion pe­riod loom­ing at the end of next month, it said the 2021-22 Scot­tish Bud­get will be ‘crit­i­cal’ to higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Pro­fes­sor Gerry McCor­mac, con­vener of Uni­ver­si­ties Scot­land and prin­ci­pal of the Univer­sity of Stir­ling, said the draft Bud­get – to be un­veiled by Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Kate Forbes early next year – must make ‘rapid progress towards sus­tain­able fund­ing of ev­ery Scot­tish­domi­ciled stu­dent’.

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