Declining public spending adds to pressure on access targets.
Universities in Scotland are at risk from funding cuts and domestic students are finding it more difficult to secure places and are getting more heavily into debt, Audit Scotland has warned. The Times reports that Scottish universities have experienced a 6 per cent funding cut over the past five years. The Scotsman says that one in five Scottish applicants are rejected as universities instead recruit international students paying lucrative fees. The Herald reports that Scottish students are finding it increasingly hard to find a place. We look at Audit Scotland’s claim that some universities are too reliant on falling government funding.