University heads attack government bid for control

The body representing Scotland’s university principals has attacked Scottish government plans to exert more control over the sector and introduce new powers to widen access to the poorest students, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.

Universities Scotland said proposals to give ministers “extensive and unspecific powers” over higher education were not needed and would undermine the autonomy of individual institutions. The body also questioned the need for new legislation to help widen access so that students from poorer backgrounds could win places at the country’s leading universities.

The comments came in a submission to the Scottish parliament’s education committee ahead of a discussion on the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill. Universities Scotland said: “We do not see a need for the higher education provisions in the bill, which create new and in some cases quite extensive and unspecific powers over higher education institutions."
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