Scottish universities are still open to Scottish students in clearing

A number of Scottish universities still have places remaining in clearing for Scottish and EU students for entry this year (as of Friday, 17 August).

Clearing places are available to Scottish and EU students on courses as varied as business, engineering, science, computing and subjects linked to the creative industries.

Clearing for Scottish students opened on 7 August, giving Scots an eight-day head start on support and advice from the admissions teams of universities in clearing.

Across the sector, the number of clearing places is broadly the same as last year with the exception of the University of the Highlands and Islands which had significantly more places available than last year thanks to additional funding by the Scottish Funding Council.

A number of these clearing places are now occupied going into the weekend but places are still available still available in the north, east and west of Scotland.

Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:

“Let’s be absolutely clear that no place intended for a Scottish or EU student at one of Scotland’s universities can be taken up by a student from the rest of the UK or overseas. As of today, a number of universities remain open to Scottish students with places available to them in clearing. Places still available in clearing are for courses as diverse as business, engineering, science, computing and subjects lined to the creative industries while many clearing opportunities have already been taken up by Scots.

“With Higher results published eight working days earlier than A-level results, Scottish students had a head start accessing advice and support from universities’ admissions teams. Scotland’s universities have looked to offer the maximum number of places available to Scottish students this year as in previous years and are delighted that so many Scots continue to see the benefits of receiving a Scottish higher education.”


Students are advised to contact individual universities in order to discuss what opportunities are available to them.


  • Universities with places available in clearing for Scottish students include the University of the West of Scotland, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, the University of Abertay Dundee, and the University of the Highlands and Islands.