Post-16 Education Bill drives forward legislation on colleges and universities

Date: 28th November 2012
Category: Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

New legislation hopes to support better job chances for college leavers and ensure more students from poor backgrounds go to university.

The Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill will drive forward regionalisation of colleges, the most fundamental change to the sector for two decades. Regionalisation will eventually support efficiencies of £50 million annually, improve governance and ensure courses are better aligned to employer need.

Specific measures requiring universities to do more to widen access for young people from deprived areas are also included in the Bill, alongside a proposed cap to limit fees for students from the rest of the UK to the same level as their country of domicile.