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Higher Education in Scotland and the UKDiverging or Converging Systems?$
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Sheila Riddell, Elisabet Weedon, and Sarah Minty

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474404587

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474404587.001.0001

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Scottish Higher Education and Devolution

Scottish Higher Education and Devolution

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(p.1) 1 Scottish Higher Education and Devolution
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Higher Education in Scotland and the UK
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Sheila Riddell

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474404587.003.0001

This book focuses on the challenges and opportunities faced by Scottish higher education following the outcome of the referendum on independence in September 2014. Whilst 55 per cent of votes cast were in favour of remaining within the UK, a significant minority of the electorate voted for independence, leading to a general endorsement of the idea that further devolution was needed. The precise nature and scale of future constitutional change, and how this will impact on higher education in Scotland and the rest of the UK, is unclear at the time of writing. However, a central theme of this book is to track the ebb and flow of policy convergence and divergence across a range of domains such as tuition fees, widening access and internationalisation. Throughout the book, comparisons are drawn with higher education systems in other parts of the UK and, where relevant, Europe and the developed world. The book considers whether we are witnessing the demise of a common UK higher education system and the emergence of a new system in Scotland, based on different social values and reflecting wider social policy drift across the UK.

Keywords:   Scotland, higher education, independence, social policy

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