Ask Scottish Universities to Stop Unfair Fees to English Students

Target: Scottish Education Secretary Mike Russell

Goal: Provide the same Scottish university tuition options for English students as other European Union nationals

The issue is simple to describe: for European Union nationals and all Scottish students, tuition fees for Scottish universities are waived – unless the student is English. However, the issue is complex and requires negotiation and strategy. While schools cannot simply fund thousands of English students with the current system in place, discrimination is occurring and something must be done about it. Until further changes are made to the Scottish school system, the only thing to do at present is protest the unfairness of the situation and urge universities in Scotland to begin enforcing changes for the sake of equality.

British Labour Party Politician and former Prime Minister of the UK, Gordon Brown, has made his sentiments publicly known about this issue, “I don’t believe it’s right, personally, that we believe in social justice, and yet we have tuition fees free to Scottish students, free to anyone from the west of the European Union, and we charge someone who comes from England.” If Scotland can accommodate other EU nationals, then it must incorporate English students into the mix. To leave them out while the rates of English students opting to study in Scotland are increasing would be devastating for many London locals and English country-dwellers who seek education outside their borders.

The biggest problem with the present situation is the large burden English students must bear to attend schools such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrews. Because the European university system is designed to cover school fees through taxes, to charge only students from one country a full fee of up to £36,000 for a four-year degree is unreasonable and entirely unfair. Scottish universities are frustrating social justice by discriminating against students that comprise a growing portion of their student body.

Tell Scottish universities to negotiate for fair tuition fees for all students and oppose the discrimination of English students seeking a Scottish education.


Dear Secretary Russell,

In the words of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, tuition discrimination is “not in tune with the principles…of social justice.” As a country actively involved in social justice issues, it is vital that you vie for equal opportunities for all students and refuse to discriminate against English students specifically. These students should be allowed to attain a Scottish degree, along with other European students, without paying enormous fees in the process. To discriminate against students from one country is not in alignment with the fairness and equality that Scotland should stand for.

While there is no simple way to resolve this problem, I ask that you seek to negotiate alternative methods of student payment that does not single out students from one country exclusively. Because English students are becoming a larger portion of Scotland university attendants, it is important that they are treated equally and not forced to bear a large financial burden. Please take immediate action to gain back equality in your school systems.


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