Recent budget cuts in Scotland are proving to be problematic for University education.A number of courses available to students are now under fire to be removed from the education system due to lack of fiances.The University of Glasgow, which is known for its diverse language courses (Polish, Czech, Russian, German and Italian amongst others) is a prime example of this threat.If the government’s plans go ahead, the language courses on offer at this institution will be limited to just French and Spanish. Therefore, this could have a drastic effect on future business relations as it will deprive students of increasing their linguistic skills, leaving them at a disadvantage if they want to be internationally competitive. Other courses in Glasgow university are also under inspection such as social work, adult education and nursing.
Another university to feel the effects of the budget cuts is Strathclyde University which may be forced to shut its art gallery and theater much to the dismay of the public. The university may also severe salary cuts for its staff over the next 5 years due to plans to offset potential cuts in public spending. Figures from their accounts for 2008/2009 show that total staff costs come to 140 million pounds which accounts for 60% of the university’s spending. There has already been a loss of staff after the closure of the Early Retirement and Voluntary Severance (ERVS) scheme in April 2010. The percentage of staff spending is expected to be lowered to 57/58% which left has left remaining staff extremely worried about whether they jobs will be safe.
Another issue is Scottish tuition fees which has caused uncertainty as they may rise in the near future. Fees for universities in England have already risen, and pupils can be charged more than £6,000 per year. This causes panic as future university students fear that they will not be able to afford the costs of higher education. This will result in a decline in the number of students as the only people who will be able to afford to attend will be those whose parents are better off.