Scottish ministers are under renewed pressure to boost student exchange links with the European Union as frustration grows over Britain’s post-Brexit touring scheme.
Union owners at UCU and NUS. Scotland In Edinburgh, the government has been called upon to “step up” and provide funding to fully restore mutual arrangements.
It comes as the leader of the Universities Scotland (US), which is highly represented. Education (HE) Institutions urge ministers to invest about £ 20 million annually in a Wales-style exchange program. He hopes that this will increase internal mobility and help reduce the havoc in the recruitment of EU students.
After Bridget, EU students pay very high tuition fees without default or default status. They are no longer eligible for UK student loans. Observers say it has hit recruitment hard, especially in poorer continental states. There is a risk of a decline, with insufficient influx of Scottish learners in some subjects, and a greater risk of sustainability for HE courses in areas such as engineering and creativity. Arts.
US owners have welcomed the recent announcement of a 25 2.25 million scholarship program to help block citizens who want to come to Scotland. However, as Hollywood ministers formulate the 2022/23 budget and medium-term fiscal strategy, they say there must be a multi-year commitment to both scholarships and a “new mobility scheme” that Scottish Domicile and EU students expect the arrangement to require .7 19.7 million a year in financial input.
This comes after the Boris Johnson government’s decision to end the UK’s participation in the EU’s Erasmus + program. Since then, British ministers have launched an alternative called the Touring Scheme, which has been at the center of a row over whether it helps or hinders those who want to study abroad.
The UK government claims that Turing will promote its “Global UK” and “Level Up” agendas by providing more opportunities for poor students. But critics insist the program is inferior to Erasmus +. He says it focuses on external mobility, fails to offer the same level of collaboration to internal students, does not provide research / partnership funding and leaves the teaching staff.
Now the leaders of UCU and NUS Scotland have backed US demands for significant new investment in EU exchange links.
Mary Sr., UCU’s Scotland official, said: “Touring has never been more like Erasmus, with well-developed structures and networks that support the exchange of students, staff and knowledge. U is repeatedly calling for Scotland to resume this mutual educational exchange offer for staff and students. Bridget..
“We welcome the Scottish Government’s proposals for last month’s Scottish Education Exchange Program. It is important to have enough funding to activate these projects. International Movement for learners, staff and ideas.
“This will help students and staff from abroad to participate in Scottish higher education, strengthening our learning environment as well as enabling Scottish learners and teachers to study elsewhere. Should.”
Matt Curley, President of NUS Scotland, said: “The UK Government’s approach to Brexit has pushed Scotland out of Erasmus +, and deprived Scottish students of the social, cultural and educational opportunities to study abroad. ۔
It is our hope that the Scottish Government will move forward, protect the interests of Scottish students and create a new ین 90 million international exchange program. Scottish students, especially our most disadvantaged learners, must be fully supported to see from the outside and benefit from global education, and international students are welcome to come and study in Scotland. Should.
Ms. Sr. and Mr. Curley also supported the US call for additional funding to address years of lost funding at HE.
At a time when UCU members at universities are about to vote for pay cuts, pay inequalities, increased workloads and attacks on the university pension scheme, it is imperative that the Scottish Government provide cash injections. Do .
“The quality of learning, research and student experience depends on the staff it provides, and as Universities Scotland has recognized, the staff in this area is already completely overloaded. They are key to making people skilled and dealing with climate emergencies, but they need to be properly funded.
Mr Curley added: “Students across Scotland are struggling. We are seeing increasing use of food banks, increased reliance on credit and even homelessness which threatens to exclude students from education. ۔
“NUS Scotland believes it is important for the Scottish Government to provide financial support to students for 12 months of the year, as well as to invest in student organizations that provide critical welfare support to students.”
A Scottish government spokesman said earlier: “Over the past year we have seen a dramatic decline in the number of applications from EU students who want to study here. We are committed to making every effort to promote Scotland’s educational offering.
“We are committed to Erasmus + and are looking at how to re-secure access to Scotland. To help
On the broader issue of HE funding, a government spokesman previously said: “Our universities have a key role to play in helping Scotland’s economic recovery. We look forward to engaging with Scottish universities that we How can Scots continue to support the success of their world-renowned institutions until the budget.
A spokesman for the UK Government Department of Education said earlier: “The Touring Scheme is providing more than 7 7 million to Scottish universities, schools and colleges this year, so students from all backgrounds can replace life-changing work and study. can.”