Scottish nationalists accused of defunding universities

Scottish Labour claims that the Scottish government now spends £1,089 (US$1,400) less per student on teaching in universities than when the Scottish National Party (SNP) came into office in 2007, writes David Bol for The Herald.

The Scottish Labour party’s leader Richard Leonard said the figures show quality of tuition has “clearly been deprioritised by the SNP”. He said universities and students must be a priority for investment.

Scottish Labour analysis of data obtained from a freedom of information request to the Scottish Funding Council found that real terms per student spend in 2020-21 is £1,089 lower than it was in 2007-08. The figure is a combination of the per student teaching grant allocation and the Student Awards Agency Scotland fee payment, the latter of which the party said has remained unchanged for more than a decade.
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