Monday, January 12, 2004

On Tuition fees and English students going to Scotland, Jade gives some corrections to an earlier post here and Peter Black takes this up for Welsh matters. With the son of a friend chosing between university place offers at Bristol and Aberystwyth this is particularly helpful news. My comment was based on evidence presented to the Scottish Parliament such as this from Napier University which specifically mentioned 'turbulence in cross-border student flow' as a potential problem. Still looking at Scottish reactions I note that comments such as those from Napier seem to assume that English fees would work as advertised in improving English Universities, so Scottish ones would face a staff brain drain chasing higher wages and better facilities. Any counters to this argument? Top-up fees supporters would say this would apply to all UK universities in competition with the rest of the world if we don't get the 'extra money'.

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