Further and Higher Education

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 21 March 2011.

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Question S3W-40564

To ask the Scottish Executive what the average bursary award has been for (a) part-time and (b) full-time students at colleges and universities in Edinburgh and the Lothians region in each of the last five years, broken down by institution.

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Bursary payments to Scottish students are paid out by Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for full-time higher education (HE) students, and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) allocates further funds for further education (FE) students. The most recent year where data collection for bursary payments is complete is 2009-10, so this answer contains data for academic sessions 2005-06 to 2009-10.

In these academic sessions, full-time Scottish students studying at HE level in Scotland are eligible to apply for Young Students’ Bursary (YSB). The bursary is income assessed, and is paid out to students who were under 25 before the first day of the first academic year of your course and have not been supporting themselves through earnings for at least three years. YSB is paid out instead of part of the maintenance loan, so it reduces the amount of loan that these students will be entitled to. Table 1 therefore shows the average YSB payments to full-time students for each institution in Edinburgh and Lothians, for 2005-06 to 2009-10.

Table 1: Average Bursary Payments to Full-Time Higher Education Students Studying at Institutions in Edinburgh and Lothians, 2005-06 to 2009-10 (£)

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Edinburgh Institutions2005-062006-072007-082008-092009-10
Queen Margaret University1,9101,9161,9541,9852,136
Edinburgh’s Telford College1,8631,9701,9352,0142,079
Edinburgh College of Art1,9131,8941,9631,9102,040
Stevenson College1,9571,9081,9862,1092,105
Edinburgh University1,7751,8141,8541,8851,923
Napier University1,8801,9391,9832,0082,088
Heriot-Watt University1,7901,8651,9301,9652,049
Lothians institutions
Oatridge Agricultural College1,8421,8211,8561,7731,912
West Lothian College1,9012,0682,0741,9142,036
Jewel and Esk Valley College2,0082,0012,0752,0212,077

Source: SAAS Management Information.

The Scottish Funding Council allocate money to college institutions in respect of students who are studying at further education level. These funds can be accessed by full-time students or part-time students on the basis of study, travel, or special educational needs. However, because institutions distribute the money as they see fit, the total number of students that benefited from these allocations of money was not available so it was not possible to calculate an average payment. Therefore, table 2 shows the total amounts allocated to each college in the Edinburgh and Lothians regions.

Table 2: Total Bursary Amounts Allocated by Scottish Funding Council to Colleges in Edinburgh and Lothians, 2005-06 to 2009-10

Edinburgh Colleges2005-062006-072007-082008-092009-10
Edinburgh’s Telford College£2,441,659£2,746,050£2,687,411£2,961,324£3,552,944
Stevenson College£1,864,943£2,097,509£2,164,474£2,638,576£2,911,232
Lothians Colleges
Jewel and Esk College£1,043,917£1,389,652£1,165,197£1,450,441£1,773,488
West Lothian College£977,562£1,079,000£1,139,508£1,231,406£1,302,431
Oatridge College£356,698£414,281£413,188£512,470£572,242

Source: Scottish Funding Council.

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