This article first appeared on DUSA Media.
Exactly one year before the Scottish independence referendum, representatives of all parties in the Scottish Parliament will debate the implications for education in Scotland at Dundee University next week.
Students will have the chance to ask questions they have about the possible consequences of independence on their education. “It must be highlighted that this issue is not limited to Scottish nationals but is something which should be considered by our RUK, EU and international students,” said Zuchaela Smylie, DUSA’s Vice President of Communications and Campaigns.
Journalist David Torrance, also the associate director of the University’s “5 Million Questions” initiative, will chair the event. According to Mr Torrance, questions that will be discussed include, “Would independence improve the quality of Scotland’s schools? Would independence help or hinder attempts to tackle educational inequality? And when it comes to higher education, what would independence mean for university admissions and research funding, both currently handled on a UK-wide basis?”
A University press release stated that “5 Million Questions” attempts to overcome the “overtly party political” nature of the Scottish independence debate so far.
On the panel for the “Big Education Debate” will be the Scottish education secretary, Michael Russell (SNP), MSPs Neil Bibby (Labour), Liz Smith (Conservative) and Liam McArthur (Liberal Democrats), and Pauline Hinchion, co-convener of the Dundee Green Party. University principal Pete Downes will also be participating.
The event starts Wednesday, 18th September, at 7:30 PM in the Dalhousie Building. You can get free tickets here.
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