Brian Wilson instructs SHEFC to be "flexible" next session

December 12, 1997

Scottish education minister Brian Wilson has instructed SHEFC to be "flexible" if institutions under-recruit next session.

Mr Wilson said concern about tuition fees and maintenance grants had been "overstated". But SHEFC should show flexibility.

His letter to SHEFC chairman Sir John Shaw, says: "I appreciate that the forthcoming changes to student support may cause some short-term variability in student flows. In order to maintain institutional integrity for students currently in the system, I attach great importance to policies that encourage institutional stability."

Mr Wilson has also told SHEFC to "preserve the viability of the small specialist institutions", a clear message to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the art colleges that they need not feel pressurised into mergers.

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