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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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Cross-border Flows of Students within the UK

Cross-border Flows of Students within the UK

(p.71) 5 Cross-border Flows of Students within the UK
Higher Education in Scotland and the UK

Susan Whittaker

David Raffe

Linda Croxford

Edinburgh University Press

Around one in fourteen UK residents who enter full-time undergraduate courses move to a different home country of the UK to do so. In this chapter we examine the types of students who move, their reasons for doing so, and the trends and patterns of what we shall call ‘cross-border flows’. We also reflect on the ways in which devolution and related changes have influenced these flows. In this chapter, we address a series of questions that arise from issues on cross-border flows. How do students make choices about where to study? What are the patterns and trends of cross-border flows within the UK? Which types of students cross borders, and what purposes might this serve for them? Do cross-border flows contribute to inequalities in higher education? Have fee differentials, and the 2012 fee changes, had an impact? How have cross-border flows been affected by devolution, and how might they be affected by any further constitutional change?

Keywords:   Cross-border flows, independence, Scotland, higher education, constitutional change

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