The Green Paper on Higher Education "Building a Smarter Future" was published on 16 December 2011. This paper established a short-life, joint Scottish Government and Universities Scotland technical working group to:
'consider the size and nature of any gap in funding between north and south of the border which may be opening up, and comment on the possible effect of some of the funding solutions in this paper in terms of helping to close that gap.'
Within the constraints of the time available, the Group has developed results which have been tested by an expert panel of independent economists. The Group has also endeavoured to meet the Cabinet Secretary's commitment to an open and transparent way of working, including publication of its detailed methodology and taking evidence from NUS Scotland and UCU.
Higher Education Green Paper - The Work of the Expert Group - Methodology
The Group has concentrated on the factual challenge set by its remit and has not investigated in any detail the legal or operational implications of the options reviewed. The final findings of the group are contained in the report below.
Expert Group Report - Final Report
These findings were presented at a cross-party summit on 1 March 2011. The slide presented at that meeting have also been made available.
Technical Group on Higher Education