Universities (Autonomy)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 11th November 2021.

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Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

The autonomy of Scotland’s universities is protected through their legal status as independent charitable bodies. The Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Act 2016 expanded the statutory definition of academic freedom and required our universities to aim to uphold the academic freedom of persons engaged in teaching or the provision of learning or research at the university.