Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Liam McArthur has raised concern about the autonomy of Scotland’s universities as the Scottish Government published its Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill today.
The bill, if passed, would require governing bodies to include at least two members directly elected by staff, and two members each nominated by trade unions, students’ unions, and alumni associations. The door has also been left open on more contentious proposals to require chairs of governing to chosen through an election.
Mr McArthur said:
“Our universities are genuinely world class.
“Important to future success that they are run in a way that is transparent, representative and flexible.
“All the evidence shows, however, that the best performing universities are those who exercise responsible autonomy.
“That is why the tendency for SNP Ministers to constantly meddle with our universities is a concern.”