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UCU Scotland welcomes increase in university budget

17 September 2009

UCU Scotland welcomed the increase in the Scottish budget for universities with the government realising the importance of higher education in a recession.

The draft Scottish Budget Bill for 2010/11, the third year of the spending review period was announced today by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance. Initial analysis by UCU shows that the recurrent funding for higher education has risen by almost 4%, well above the average increase of the overall Scottish budget, however a reduction in capital funding and some transfers of funding will diminish this increase.

UCU Scotland spokesperson, Tony Axon, said. 'The Government has listened to ours and others' arguments for funding higher education in times of recession and has found extra funding which will contribute to the growth of Scotland's economy, society and knowledge.

'The Scottish government has proved that investment in higher education can be achieved without tuition fees and has gone some way to address the poor settlement initially announced in the last spending review.'

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