In defence of austerity

Since the start of the coalition, the very idea of deep spending cuts and austerity has become gradually more popular to demonize and protest against. All students at this university have, at some point, been exposed…

UWS hit harder by SAAS incompetency

Even as most students from the Glasgow University are having their applications processed and beginning to receive funding from SAAS, the same cannot be said for all students. Up to 700 students at the University of…

SAAS delays loans to students

Changes to the technology used to process SAAS applicants faster this year has led to thousands of students being left without living expenses since September. The Scottish government had previously claimed that applicants who had yet…

Fee chaos for year abroad students

Confusion over the University and the year-abroad programmes offered has led to a student not receiving Student Finance for nearly two months after the academic year began. Sasha Murphy, now a fourth year student studying History,…

Fee loophole closed for Northern Irish students

The Scottish government have acted to close the loophole open for Northern Irish students who had the potential to qualify as a non-UK EU nationals, thus having tuition fees paid for. Under European law, all non-UK…

Student loans staff awarded £2m bonuses

Anna Murray Student Loans Company (SLC) staff shared almost £2 million in bonuses between 2008 and 2009. A total of £1,893,500 was paid out, with 1603 of 1876 SLC staff members reported to have received bonuses. The five heads…

Students still waiting for loans and grants

Anna Murray Thousands of students in Britain have still not received their first payment of bursaries and loans from government bodies almost a month into the academic year. A record 135,784 applicants this year have left the Student Awards…

94% rise in grants for EU students

Craig MacLellan The number of students coming to study at Scottish higher education institutions from other European Union Member States has risen dramatically over the last five years. The number of EU students receiving fee support from the Student…