Union fears over UHI

2nd July 1999 at 01:00
FE in the north of Scotland could come under threat from the University of the Highlands and Islands, according to the Educational Institute of Scotland, which says proposals for managing UHI are "unworkable".

In its response to the UHI's application for designation as a university, the union is seeking an assurance that funds will not be diverted from existing colleges or universities and demands "unambiguous differentiation" between FE funding and higher education funding in the nine colleges affiliated to the UHI.

The institute is also concerned at the employment implications for its members. It suggests that alternatives to the UHI concept should be explored, such as partnerships between FE colleges and existing universities.

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