Briefings & Evidence

Universities Scotland manifesto ‘asks’ for 2021 Scottish Parliament election

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament election on 6 May 2021, Universities Scotland has prepared a briefing outlining the higher education policies we’re seeking support for in political parties’ manifestos and from the next Scottish Government.

Our five key asks are:

  1. Increase the amount invested in teaching and wider student support for each Scottish domiciled undergraduate student.
  2. Commit to growing investment in higher education research and innovation over the next Parliament.
  3. Invest in flexible, fast skills development to get working-age people back into high-value, secure jobs. This is a key part of an education-led recovery.
  4. Widen access to postgraduate level skills and enable Scotland to perform on par with the rest of the UK.
  5. Commit to funding a new set of international scholarships to keep Scotland open and accessible in a post-Brexit world.

Read the full manifesto here.