New figures on higher education students at Scottish institutions
New figures have been published today by the Scottish Funding Council examining the higher education sector in Scotland in 2016-17.
Read the key points from the publication:
Commenting on the figures, Further and Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville said:
“It is welcome to see in these latest statistics that we have a record number of post-graduate students and increases in both part-time and older learners.
“This Government is determined to make higher education as accessible as possible to everyone in Scotland. We recognise the importance of post-graduate study and providing the opportunities for people to get a higher education qualification later in life. That is why we are enabling even more people to study for a postgraduate qualification in the coming years by expanding access to tuition fee loans and living cost loans to students studying by distance learning.
“What these figures show is that the higher education sector in this country is continuing to go from strength to strength, with colleges playing a vital role in the delivery of many higher education courses across Scotland.”