Education is a devolved matter, but Scotland has long had a separate education system from the remainder of the United Kingdom and these arrangements pre-date devolution. However, independence inevitably raises questions over risks and opportunities.
Higher education has traditionally been an area in which Scotland prides itself. Five of Scotland’s universities are currently ranked in the top 200 in the world, three in the top 100 and one is in the top 20. The Scottish government’s White Paper, ‘Scotland’s Future’, recognises the importance of higher education in the debate and notes that “the university sector is one of the main drivers of the Scottish economy”.
Debate regarding the Scottish government’s proposals and the effect of independence on the Scottish university sector has centred primarily upon tuition fees, and access to research funding.
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