The remit of the Committee's budget scrutiny is to consider the extent to which the allocations in the budget documents will be sufficient to meet the Scottish Government’s priorities for further and higher education (FE and HE).
To inform its scrutiny, the Committee sought written views on the remit and the following areas:
- The measures that the FE and HE sectors have taken to improve efficiency and the extent to which further efficiencies can be realised;
- The extent to which the budgetary allocations set out in the budget documents will help to ensure that the sectors can maintain their contribution to the wider economy and continue to provide education and training that is relevant to the labour market;
- Whether, over the Spending Review period, the number of students from outside Scotland who study in Scotland, and the number of Scottish-domiciled students who study outside Scotland is likely to change. If so, what the budgetary implications would be;
- Over the Spending Review period, how tuition fee levels in the rest of the UK are likely to impact on Scottish higher education institutions (HEIs);
- How to ensure that all types of learners, for example, part time and full time, are able to access further and higher education.
The Committee received written submissions from:
The Committee received the following correspondence:
The Committee took oral evidence at the following meetings:
The Education and Culture Committee's report, as an annexe to the Finance Committee report, can be found here.
The following letter was received from the Scottish Government in response to the report: