Scottish universities are a runaway success

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Almost 40 per cent of the Scotland team at the Commonwealth Games studied for degrees in their homeland, The Herald reports.

Universities Scotland, which represents the country’s 19 higher education institutions, has produced figures showing that 114 out of the 310 athletes have a higher education institution background.

They have pursued a diverse range of academic subjects including accountancy, medicine, sport and recreation management, chemistry and broadcast production.

This analysis follows a scholarship support scheme which has been awarded to 73 of the home-based athletes. The Winning Students scheme includes the entire badminton team.

Professor Gerry McCormac, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Stirling and convener of Universities Scotland’s University Games Group, said: “Team Scotland has the backing of staff and students from every one of Scotland’s universities and colleges as the Commonwealth Games get underway in Glasgow this week.

“That so many of our nation’s top athletes have also pursued a Scottish higher education is testament to the quality of facilities and support on offer from our universities.”

 

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