Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2016-17, Universities Scotland’s Convener, Professor Sir Pete Downes, said:
“The Scottish Budget proposes what we recognise as a good outcome in a time of severe financial challenges.
“We respect the approach the Deputy First Minister has taken with us, which has been to work through the financial challenges faced by the Scottish Government and how best to manage them. We welcome the commitments expressed by Scottish Government to continuing support for an excellent, internationally competitive and widely accessible university sector.
“We are strongly committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for Scotland with the resources proposed in this budget, and to working constructively with the Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council to maximise these outcomes. This will be a shared endeavour, matching universities’ commitment to excellence and the common good with government’s support to enable us to achieve that.”