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‘It’s different up north’: A look at Scotland and the RUK

Presenter: Daniel Farrell

Institution: University of St Andrews

Since the Treaty of Union became law in 1707, the constitutional history of Scotland and its relationship with the Rest of the UK (RUK) has been thorny. The devolution of power from Westminster to Scotland in 1998 introduced changes to the way education and training are governed in Scotland. These changes manifest themselves in a range of differences including access to education, tuition fee liabilities, student support and quality assurance arrangements. The economic impact of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic coupled with the UK’s exit from the EU and the upcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections on 6 May will inevitably lead to further changes over the next few years.