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Parents vent frustration at Scottish funding policy

Angry middle-class parents have berated the Scottish government for the country’s “frustrating” system of allocating university places after their children missed out on their preferred undergraduate course.

Email correspondence from parents and students to the first minister Nicola Sturgeon and former higher education minister John Swinney reveals how some feel the Scottish system, including clearing, is “frustrating and depressing”. The emails were published by the Scottish government following a freedom of information request.

In the correspondence, one parent said they were “totally frustrated” after their son tried to switch courses during clearing in 2018 but was told by two universities that available places were either reserved for non-Scottish or non-European Union international students—who pay fees—or for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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