Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Elizabeth Smith Elizabeth Smith Conservative

In terms of what the minister said last night, I welcome the cabinet secretary’s comments today about preserving the autonomy of our higher education institutions, which was such an issue in the previous session of Parliament.

That reassurance notwithstanding, when it comes to phase 2, the real concern is that the new board will potentially be chaired by a minister. That is where the concern about the issue of autonomy arises in phase 2. Can the cabinet secretary rule out any circumstance in which there will be Government control of the universities?