Higher Education

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 20 March 2003.

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Photo of Pauline McNeill Pauline McNeill Labour

Question S1W-34934

To ask the Scottish Executive what is being done to consider the implications for Scotland of the white paper on higher education in England published by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) in January 2003.

Photo of Iain Gray Iain Gray Labour

I have met with Charles Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, and agreed to regular meetings at ministerial level to ensure that Scottish interests are taken into account as DfES Ministers take forward their proposals for England. I have also had two constructive meetings with representative bodies of further and higher education in Scotland.

Today I am publishing the outcome of the 18-month review of higher education in Scotland, A Framework for Higher Education in Scotland. Higher Education Review: Phase 2, which sets out how we believe the HE sector in Scotland needs to develop over the next 10 years. Part of the context for taking this forward are the long-term implications for Scotland of the proposed changes in the funding regime in England and other issues. It has been agreed a further phase of review will be undertaken to address these. The next stage will be for the Executive, working closely with representative bodies, to consider the remit for this work.

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