SCOTLAND: Axe set to fall on universities

At least half of Scotland's universities are cutting their student numbers - at a time when applications to higher education institutions are at an all-time high - writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald.

A Freedom of Information request by the National Union of Students Scotland found that eight universities are planning cuts in student numbers by as much as 18%, amounting to 2,000 students. Only three institutions said they were planning an increase, while two said figures would remain the same.

Official figures show that by January there were 38,763 applications to Scottish universities, up more than 31% on the previous year. The dramatic increase led to warnings that some Scots would be refused entry to university.
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