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‘Bring universities and colleges together as one’

HE and FE should come together to form tertiary institutions, says university chair. Julia Belgutay reports

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The barriers stopping those from deprived backgrounds from getting into universities are well documented – as are the differences in how society views colleges and universities. Statistics published only weeks ago by the Scottish Funding Council showed that in 2016-17 only 13.8 per cent of Scottish-domiciled full-time, first-degree entrants to Scottish universities were from the 20 per cent most deprived areas in Scotland.

While the government has long stressed the need for universities and colleges to work more closely together, the chair of University of the Highlands and Islands has now ...

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