19-08-2012 : McArthur: Mike Russell Must Lead Review of Clearance System
Scottish Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has called upon Mike Russell to “show leadership” and lead a review of Scotland’s clearing system. The call comes after it emerged that prospective Scottish students may miss out on clearing places after Scottish Universities fill their Scottish/EU quota before the August clearing takes place.
In a letter to the Education Secretary, Liam McArthur has said a meeting between University Principal’s, NUS Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council must be convened in order to review the clearance system.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
“In light of the concerns that have been raised over recent days, I have written to Mike Russell to ask that he leads a review of the clearance system in Scotland in partnership with NUS Scotland, University Principals and the Scottish Funding Council. I share the concern of student leaders in Scotland that the current system is not working as it should and this requires it to be addressed.
“When exam results were published earlier this month, there was another strong showing from Scottish pupils. Many will have received better results than they had hoped for and others may have been disappointed by their grades.
“Scottish students applying to university have little or no opportunity to respond to the results they get. With demand increasing and quotas being filled faster than ever before, the August clearing system has become a closed shop for Scottish students. That’s not how it was intended to operate. Scottish applicants should have a fair crack of the whip.
“Mike Russell must show leadership and look at how changes can be made in to make the system work better for Scottish students. A good place to start would be for the minister to organise a meeting with University Principals, NUS Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council to see what can be done to ensure greater fairness in the university clearing system.”