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Brief Details of the Cubie Report
The Independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance
was the first independent committee established by the Scottish Parliament. It
was presented to the Scottish Executive on December 21, 1999.
Its recommendations were unanimous, relating to all aspects
of student funding. The Report made 52 recommendations.
It was unequivocal that the student or parental
contribution to tuition fees in full-time higher education should be abolished
for Scottish students. The old arrangements the Report considered, were
unpopular, broadly discredited, added to anxieties about debt and created undue
The Report was equally unequivocal that the up-front
contribution should be abolished. However, it did not recommend the principle
that free education should apply in all circumstances. It proposed a Scottish
Graduate Endowment, with the aim that graduates who benefit from higher
education make a contribution towards its future costs. Nevertheless, the
Report stated that full-time further and higher education students, other than
postgraduates, should have the opportunity to attend college or university
without paying tuition fees.
The Committee proposed that, to counter what it called
"loan aversion" and facilitate greater access, non-repayable
bursaries be introduced for some full-time higher education students and that
means-testing of the present loan entitlement be introduced in higher
The Report pointed out that too many people with talent in
Scotland are denied access to further and higher education, either after
secondary school or in later life. These potential students, Andrew Cubie said,
the society and the Scottish economy suffer as a result and that was
particularly so in further education.
The majority of the recommendations, the Committee pointed
out, were within the competence of the Scottish Parliament in terms of The
Scotland Act 1998. The Report urged the Scottish Executive to encourage the
Westminster government to consider the wider recommendations.