April 24, 1998

Speaking at the conference, Scottish education minister Brian Wilson said the QAA's structure provided an important and appropriate balance between United Kingdom and Scottish interests, writes Olga Wojtas. Its senior advisory committee for Scotland meant the distinctive nature of Scottish higher education in Scotland would still be recognised, while ensuring that institutions were judged on UK standards.

Mr Wilson also questioned the current preponderance of four-year honours degrees, saying there were sound educational reasons for looking at the length of some Scottish degree courses.

Dr Brown's plans for Southampton Institute, page 5

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