Funding cuts hope

October 13, 1995

Scottish academics are hoping that Michael Forsyth, Secretary of State for Scotland, will help ease the higher education funding crisis after he gave union leaders a sympathetic hearing last week.

Mr Forsyth, who gained a reputation for abrasiveness and lack of consultation as Scottish Office education minister, has adopted a listening policy as Scottish Secretary, and has now met representatives of the Association of University Teachers Scotland.

David Bleiman, AUT assistant general secretary, said: "It was a good meeting. We feel the Secretary of State listened to and clearly understood our arguments about the damaging consequences of further cuts at the level of 3 per cent, and we now hope that he will find the resources within what we have to acknowledge is a tight public spending round to limit the damage."

John Duffy, honorary secretary of AUTS, said Mr Forsyth had acknowledged the efforts of academics in achieving higher participation in higher education than expected.

"He was concerned to hear that lecturers' jobs were threatened and he was also sympathetic to the particular problems faced by contract research staff."

The AUTS has offered Mr Forsyth "novel insights" into the sector by inviting him to sit in on a departmental meeting to discuss a forthcoming quality assessment meeting, or to see the work of a student advisory service.

Universities should not be seen as a drain on the public purse, but as an integral part of the economy, the AUTS told Mr Forsyth.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns