The no vote in Scotland - A closer look at Education

DWF has a strong Scottish offering and works for a number of major clients with interests in the country. From a business perspective, the issues around currency, regulatory environments and EU membership no longer need to be resolved; but clients can be reassured that DWF understands the changing situation, and can be relied on to offer solutions whatever happens with newly devolved powers.

Education is a devolved matter, but Scotland has long had a separate education system from the remainder of the United Kingdom; these arrangements pre-date devolution. 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. Independence was perceived by some in the sector as putting research funding (and consequently in due course recruitment of students) at risk. The pro-independence view was that an independent Scotland would in fact be in a stronger position on these matters.

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This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.

David Ratter

Partner - Head of Real Estate (Scotland)

I am a Partner and Head of Real Estate in Scotland, having specialised in this field for over 20 years.