The principal of an Aberdeen university has said he hopes the Scottish Government will lift a cap on Scottish students.
Professor George Boyne, of Aberdeen University, said he would like to be allowed to admit a higher number of domestic students.
His remarks came at an event announcing the institution is looking to recruit 10% of its Scottish students from the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland from September 2019.
Professor Boyne said: “For Scottish students we have a cap and we’re not allowed to go above that. I understand why that cap exists, because the Scottish Government has to be careful about its funding and how many students they can support.
“Of course we would like that cap to be raised. I would like to recruit even more Scottish students if that cap were higher.
“Universities Scotland, on behalf of all the universities in Scotland, are in discussions with the Scottish Government about that.”
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Richard Lochhead, the Scottish Government minister for further education, higher education and science, did not rule out a change of Government policy over the cap, saying it was always “under review”.
Mr Lochhead said: “We always look at the demand for resources in higher education, but we’re putting a tremendous amount of resources in already.
“The good news is there’s a record number of Scottish domicile students being accepted to Scottish universities.
“We always keep these policies under review and we have a system where universities are autonomous and ultimately they can decide which students they want to admit.”
Mr Lochhead also said he is preparing to lead a mission to Brussels to let European nations know Scottish universities are “open for business” after the UK leaves the EU.
He said: “Aberdeen University is absolutely in the firing line if Brexit goes ahead and if we don’t have a deal where there is free movement of people and full membership of the single market, as a bare minimum, to protect the likes of this university and its contributions to the north-east of Scotland.
“Next Monday I will be taking a delegation from further and higher education to Brussels, because we want Scotland to be open for business.”