ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: October 31, 2015
Higher Education in Scotland and the UK: Diverging or Converging Systems?
Edited by Professor Sheila Riddell; Edited by Elisabet Weedon; Edited by Sarah Minty
This study of higher education policy across Scotland and the rest of the UK reveals some uncomfortable truths. The rapid growth of higher education across the UK has led to the inclusion of more students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, but institutional hierarchies have remained intact. Despite political rhetoric surrounding free higher education in Scotland, the system has failed to produce more egalitarian outcomes compared with the rest of the UK. However, the policy has become very difficult to challenge and is likely to survive for some time. Universities in Scotland have flourished over the past decade, but the fact that their funding has been prioritised over that of schools and colleges has had some unwelcome consequences.
Professor Sheila Riddell
The Editors: Sheila Riddell is Director of the Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. Elisabet Weedon is Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow of the CREID at the Moray House School of Education University of Edinburgh. Sarah Minty is Research Fellow at CREID, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.