How many English students are there at Scottish universities? There are lots and lots and it’s a good thing because they’re not like the ones on Question Time, in UKIP or in the Tory Cabinet. They’re some of the nicest people I’ve met. But, you can’t find out how many there are.

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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.’

http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2012/04/29/greedy-scottish-university-offers-more-places-to-english-students-than-scots/

Someone did try a Freedom of Information request but the links to the supposed answers don’t work:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/english_students_in_scottish_uni?unfold=1#incoming-692297

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/283088/response/692297/attach/5/foi%20response.pdf

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.

THE END

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=3662165

Czechs are scared of Scottish accents? After World War II?

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9 thoughts on “How many English students are there at Scottish universities? There are lots and lots and it’s a good thing because they’re not like the ones on Question Time, in UKIP or in the Tory Cabinet. They’re some of the nicest people I’ve met. But, you can’t find out how many there are.

  1. mike cassidy February 11, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Check this article from the Scotsman 4 years ago.

    http://archive.is/BgapO

    UCAS appears to be the source for the statistics then – presumably still are if they are being collected.

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  2. johnrobertson834 February 12, 2017 / 6:04 am

    From the article Mike found:

    Figures released yesterday by Ucas show 4,020 English students have already been accepted to Scottish universities for 2013 entry, up from 3,810 at the same point last year. The number of Scots who have won a place is up 2 per cent from 25,420 to 26,010, while the number of students accepted from Northern Ireland has increased 21 per cent to 1,010. The total of students accepted from Wales has fallen by 5 per cent.

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  3. mike cassidy February 12, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    For example –

    The final undergraduate acceptance figures for 2016 show Edinburgh University accepted –

    2295 Scotland

    1970 England

    110 Northern Ireland

    60 Wales

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    • johnrobertson834 February 12, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Astonishing, just over 50% Scottish. Can you imagine a Dutch or Danish Uni nearly 50% German?

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  4. socratesmacsporran February 12, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Deadline News, the source of your Edinburgh University story really are a useless bunch.

    Their piece says: ‘after charging £36,000 for a four-year degree – more expensive than England’s most elite institutions.’ Don’t they realise most English degrees are obtained after three years; so, if the student chooses to go to Edinburgh, it will be more-expensive, since they need to commit to four years, rather than three.

    Basic journalism – not.

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