Impact of Covid-19 on Further and Higher Education

 

About the Inquiry

The Education and Skills Committee has agreed to consider the Impact of Covid- 19 on the Further and Higher Education sector.

Timetable

The Committee will focus on the impact over the next few weeks.

Evidence

15 May 2020

The Committee heard evidence from the Scottish Funding Council at it meeting on 15 May 2020 in relation to the impact of Covid-19 on the Further Education and Higher Education sector.

Read the meeting papers here

Read the official report here

A video of the meeting can be viewed here

20 May 2020

The Committee heard evidence from the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science on the impact of Covid-19 on the Further and Higher Education sector.

Read the meeting papers for 20 May 2020

Read the Official report here

A video of the meeting can be viewed here.

29 May 2020

The Committee held two focus groups with Principals from Universities and Colleges  and heard evidence on the impact of Covid-19 on the Further and Higher Education sector.

Evidence

The Committee received the following submissions from the following the Scottish Government, organisations and trade unions

The NUS have carried out a survey with students on the effect of the coronavirus. A link to survey is here.

The Committee received a briefing paper in respect of the UK Government putting number controls on the amount of English students that can apply to Scottish Universities.

An additional briefing paper has been received from Universities Scotland on the role of Universities in Scotland's Recovery.

Correspondence

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science wrote to the Convener with an update on the Scottish Government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis in the college, university and community learning sectors.

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science wrote to the Convener on the actions the Scottish Government are taking to support students in Further (FE) and Higher Education (HE) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science wrote to the Committee regarding an update on the Scottish Governments response to the impact of Covid-19 on the Further and Higher education sector.

The Convener wrote to the |Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science and the Scottish Funding Council following the evidence sessions on 15 and 20 May 2020 in respect of funding issues for the further and higher education sectors,

The Convener also wrote to the Secretary of State for Education of the UK Government regarding the evidence the Committee has heard on the funding issues for the further and higher education sectors,

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science wrote to the Committee regarding an update on the Scottish Governments response to the impact of Covid-19 on the Further and Higher education sector.

 
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