Professor Nesbit, Dean of Life Sciences
I’ve searched and searched and can find no answer to this question. I know from personal experience that there are lots of English-born students and staff in Scottish universities but keeping stats on this seems to be a no-go-area – anti-English?
I did find that Edinburgh Univahrsity (where else) might be taking too many and especially rich ones:
‘A “Greedy” Scottish university is offering more places to English students than Scots for the first time in its history. The prestigious Edinburgh University has been accused of treating English students like “cash cows” after charging £36,000 for a four-year degree – more expensive than England’s most elite institutions.’
Someone did try a Freedom of Information request but the links to the supposed answers don’t work:
Let me know if you can get anywhere with this. In the end, I settled for sharing this entertaining exchange from a student chatroom:
Barborazel: I’m ecpecially interested in University of Glasgow. I’m from the Czech Republic and I wanted to apply for university in england but because of money I applied to Scotland. So I would at least want to spend time with some English students.
Barborazel: Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against scottish people but I’m a little scared of scottish accent (actually I don’t really like it but I love english accent).
Ambusrocks: I would say there will definitely be english students at scottish universities Dont worry Im from Ireland and I have an unconditional offer from Edinburgh Napier . You should apply here as well and you can spend some time with an irish student
Clannem: I am Scottish and go to a Scottish uni and to be honest, there are a whole host of different accents in the universities here. You can’t really predict how many people will come to the uni from a specific place. But, as far as I’m aware, there are “quotas” that have to be filled with Scottish students so there is always going to be a large proportion of Scottish students. On my course, most students tend to be Scottish or from outwith the UK, there are definitely many students from Europe. And the Scottish accent actually isn’t scary. It’s just more broad than the different English accents. If you’re honestly going to choose a university based on the accent of the people you’ll study with (and I’ll just add, accents vary all over England and Scotland and even some of the English accents aren’t very appealing at times) then you probably shouldn’t apply if you don’t feel like you want to be around many people with Scottish accents when you’re applying to go to university and move to that country!
Jneill: See you, Jimmy! There is no single “English” accent. Similarly there is no single “Scottish” accent.
Czechs are scared of Scottish accents? After World War II?