Jenny Blythe outlines the do's and don'ts of student finance
No one could remember the last time that it had happened. At the National Union of Students conference in July a guest speaker received a standing ovation. He was Andrew Cubie, the man behind the report into Scottish student finance. His original recommendations have been watered down, but Scottish students are now in a more “favourable position,” as they no longer have to pay tuition fees and bursaries of £2000 are available.1 Applications to Scottish universities have increased this year by 2.1%.2 In the rest of the United Kingdom numbers of applications have gone down - the biggest drops are among mature and overseas students. Major reasons have been the increasing financial strain on students and fear of overwhelming debt.2 In his speech at the conference Cubie made clear his feelings on the subject: “It is unacceptable that people with potential are held back due to financial reasons,” he said.