When students want a university education, you’ll have to pay
A lot of students are getting into university on scholarship, a source for more than 20 per cent of the student population in Scotland said today.
University Students Scotland said it was aware of an increasing number of students taking up university study abroad, but said that most of these students were likely to stay at home, as they were unable to find work.
It has become increasingly common for students to take up overseas studies in the past year, which have been growing in popularity, but it was unclear whether this was linked to higher levels of interest in the subject in Scotland.
University students are generally more likely to work than those in a job where they could have the same pay and benefits.
However, the report said that for many students, university offers the best possible opportunity to secure a better life.
“We recognise that there are students who are interested in university but are unable to work,” said Anna Flanders, a researcher in education at the university.
“They are often looking for a place where they can have more opportunities and make the most of their education.”
In order to do this, they are taking on part-time work and, in some cases, full-time study.
“These students may be able to find their way to university if they can find work that meets their needs.”
However, it is important that they do not leave university with a sense of lack of employment, particularly in the early years.
“The report, called The UK’s Next Generation: A report on student study abroad trends in Scotland, said that over the past two years, the number of overseas students has increased by 30 per cent, and the number taking part in part- or full-year studies has more than doubled from 8 per cent in 2014 to more than 14 per cent now.
The UK government is set to spend £2.5 billion in the next financial year to help students and parents to pay for university, with universities and colleges receiving a £500 grant.
However the Scottish Government said that, because of the cost of tuition fees, many students were unable be funded to study overseas.
However a spokesman for Universities Scotland said the report was a welcome sign.”
The growth of the overseas student population has increased markedly in the last two years and we are pleased that a substantial number of universities and higher education providers are recognising this and looking to support them,” he said.”
As the number and profile of students studying abroad continues to increase, the need to provide support to students is ever-increasing.
“Universities and higher educational institutions across Scotland are committed to supporting students and families to study abroad as a genuine option and to develop a more sustainable system of education for Scotland.”
With the support of the Scottish government, more universities are recognisably supporting their students and we welcome that they are making this work.
“In addition to the university students, a growing number of employers are also looking for international students to fill roles such as doctors, nurses and salespeople, with the majority of the new jobs expected to be in the UK.
The study said that while the UK’s economy was facing an uncertain outlook, the UK could be heading towards a “post-Brexit” world in which people want to work abroad.”
Although the UK economy remains resilient, and job opportunities remain plentiful in many industries, we recognise that, due to the uncertain future, some of our international students are seeking to find alternative employment,” said Dr Flanders.”
It is therefore critical that employers and international students recognise the unique opportunities in this country and be ready to take the next steps in supporting these opportunities for the future.
“The Scottish Government has said it would invest around £200 million over the next three years to support the sector, but will not set a target for the sector’s growth.