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Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Students) (29 Sep 2020)

Richard Lochhead: This is a challenging time for many of Scotland’s students, and we are in frequent direct conversation with the university sector around support for students who are self-isolating because of Covid-19, to underscore the importance of supporting students, practically and emotionally. We have been assured that practical and welfare support is in place, but we are actively pressing...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Students) (29 Sep 2020)

Richard Lochhead: I thank Sandra White for asking those pertinent questions that are relevant to many students in Scotland. Our advice to all students in Scotland is that they should please remain living in their current student household in their current university accommodation, because that is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus in Scotland. We are giving similar advice to all sectors of society...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Students) (29 Sep 2020)

Richard Lochhead: That is a good point. On purpose-built private student accommodation, I note that the Covid regulations that we passed allow students to give 28 days’ notice to resign their leases, and that applies to those situations as well. We have had regular conversations with the operators of those buildings, and they are also obliged to have a duty of care for their residents and ensure that they...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Students) (29 Sep 2020)

Richard Lochhead: We have had regular conversations with NUS Scotland throughout the pandemic. Indeed, I spoke to it again today. On the guidance for students returning home, we were in conversations with NUS Scotland, and it helped to input to that guidance. If the member is referring to the guidance on socialising over the weekend, we offered our support to Universities Scotland, because that was the advice...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Students) (29 Sep 2020)

Richard Lochhead: Over the summer, we worked with Scotland’s further and higher education sector on guidance for the safe return of our colleges and universities, and we consulted closely all the stakeholders including the trade unions, student bodies, the universities and, in the case of further education, the colleges. It has always been the case, even in the draft guidance that was circulated for comments...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Students) (29 Sep 2020)

Richard Lochhead: It is absolutely the case that no student at any Scottish university should have their place on their course jeopardised by their terminating the lease for their student accommodation. I have discussed that point with the principals, who tell me that that is not the case. I know that there have been such reports, however. We will reiterate, time and again, that our universities have a duty of...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Students) (29 Sep 2020)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government issued guidance at the weekend on students travelling home to put the recent restrictions in the context of student households. It is only a week or so since we had new restrictions on meeting other households indoors and social gatherings. It was very important, particularly given what has been happening in some of our universities, where students are self-isolating,...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Students) (29 Sep 2020)

Richard Lochhead: The guidance on a safe return to further and higher education that was published on 1 September outlined how the guidelines should be applied to student accommodation and the services that should be made available to students, and how outbreaks should be managed. I very much recognise that the current situation is a challenge for Scotland’s universities, as it is for our students. I thank...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Students) (29 Sep 2020)

Richard Lochhead: Of course, Jamie Greene highlights important issues, but we worked with student bodies on the guidance that was published at the weekend. I spoke to them again just before this question, and they told me that they very much welcome the guidance, and it has been welcomed across Scotland’s campuses. I hope that most people are able to stay in their current household in their student...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Students) (29 Sep 2020)

Richard Lochhead: The guidance that we are following is, of course, from Scotland’s public health officials. We keep asymptomatic testing under review, as I am sure the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and the First Minister have reiterated time and again. There has never been anything vetoed in terms of the advice that we have received from our advisers in Scotland, who have taken into account all the...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (9 Jul 2020)

Richard Lochhead: In the midst of this global health crisis, I start by paying tribute to our world-leading universities and colleges in Scotland. The pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on the sector, yet the response of our colleges and universities has—as I am sure we all agree—been quite remarkable, given how quickly they have had to adapt to a new set of very challenging circumstances that they...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (9 Jul 2020)

Richard Lochhead: I thank Mr Greene for his opening comments, but he paints an inaccurate picture of what is happening in higher education. Over the past couple of years, record numbers of Scottish students have attended Scottish universities and there has been a growing economic contribution from our universities and higher education institutions. The sector is in a healthy state. It is true that we face the...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (9 Jul 2020)

Richard Lochhead: Our universities and colleges are national assets and we should be very proud of them. We have seen an increasing number of students and international students recently, and we are seeing research success after research success, so we should not be painting pictures of doom and gloom. Yes, there are financial challenges, and now we see the twin challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit. I have asked...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (9 Jul 2020)

Richard Lochhead: Clare Adamson raises a very important point. The Deputy First Minister and I have been discussing regularly what more we can do in the times ahead to support those who will bear the brunt of the impact of the Covid-19 crisis in Scotland and who could be even further away from education as a result. That is why the community learning and development sector, as well as our colleges and...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (9 Jul 2020)

Richard Lochhead: That is a good question from Jamie Halcro Johnston. There is no doubt that our colleges, in particular, will have a big role to play in taking forward some of these policies. As he can imagine, the detail will be worked out in the coming weeks. We are in regular discussion with the Scottish Funding Council and the further and higher education sectors about the role that they will play in...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (9 Jul 2020)

Richard Lochhead: I thank Keith Brown for mentioning the University of Stirling, for which I have a soft spot for the reason that he gave—as do other members who are in the chamber. I take the opportunity to congratulate Gerry McCormac, the university’s principal, who has taken over as chair of Universities Scotland—my interaction with the University of Stirling is likely to be heightened over the coming...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (9 Jul 2020)

Richard Lochhead: I expect all institutions in Scotland to be sensitive to the financial situation that existing and prospective students face at the current time. The member paints an inaccurate picture. The Scottish Government allocated a one-off payment of £75 million for university research early on in the crisis, which the sector warmly welcomed. Some principals told me that that was a lot more than the...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (9 Jul 2020)

Richard Lochhead: I hope that Kenny Gibson agrees that the presence of European students on Scottish campuses has been very much valued over many years. One of the reasons for Scotland’s incredible reputation throughout the world on education is the internationalism of our campuses and the strength of the educational experience that students get in our country. That benefits our students too, not just other...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (9 Jul 2020)

Richard Lochhead: As Mark Ruskell will know, our colleges and universities have a responsibility to cut their cloth, ensure that their books balance and run their institutions with the funds that are made available to them by the Scottish Funding Council or that come from other sources. The matter that Mark Ruskell highlights is therefore a matter for Perth College and UHI. However, I note that, given the...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (9 Jul 2020)

Richard Lochhead: Liz Smith is quoting figures from Universities Scotland, but she might also want to look at the financial situations that some colleges and universities in England are currently facing. We have had 10 years of austerity since the Conservative Party took office in 2010. We would have loved to have been in the position to allocate even more resources—we have managed to protect resources for...


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