Higher Education, the Devolution Settlement and the Referendum on Independence. (Think Tank 1)

'Tis to season to be… conferring!  Summer brings us time to reflect on the academic year past and plan for the next – while at the same time catching up with everything else.  Summer also brings conference season and your friendly Director of the Student Experience has been doing her bit on the circuit!

On Wednesday 22 May, an ESRC Fellowship Project looking at the funding of higher education in Scotland, the UK and Internationally held its first Think Tank.  This was a high-profile event looking at the potential scenarios for funding of higher education post-Referendum Vote.  

The programme was packed with interesting talks on funding in different areas, including Wales, England and Nordic states. This was an informed debate and a great chance to start to think about the issues surrouding the funding of higher education in Scotland post-referendum vote.

Coverage of the event can be found here:

Times Higher Education:
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/state-of-independence-could-prove-costly-scots-warned/2004011.article
 

University of Edinburgh:
http://www.referendum.ed.ac.uk/higher-education-in-scotland-the-devolution-settlement-and-the-referendum-on-independence/ 

BBC News:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-22621470

BBC iPlayer (Reporting Scotland lead story)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01sk0r0/Reporting_Scotland_22_05_2013/

The papers for the event can be accessed here:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/education/research/centres-groups/creid/news-events/events-in-2013/esrc-fellowship-tt1

There is a follow-up event in October looking specifically at widening participation post-referendum.  It goes without saying that I'll be there!

Next week, I'm attending a Government Policy Briefing on The Future of Higher and Further Education in Scotland so I will ensure I blog about that afterwards.  In the meantime, details of next week's event here:  http://www.govknow.com/event-detail.html?id=453  

 

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