Only one-fifth of applicants who won places at Edinburgh University in 2015 and one-third who did so at St Andrews come from Scotland, public spending watchdog Audit Scotland has shown. For Glasgow School of Art – an accredited part of the city’s university – the figure was just 13 per cent.
Overall, the proportion of successful Scottish candidates at 10 out of 17 universities north of the border is 53 per cent or lower.
The Scottish government is committed to providing free tuition for Scottish students and EU nationals. However, Iain Gray, Labour’s education spokesman, said the resulting unofficial cap on places should be relaxed.
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