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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09863: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many of the students that it expects to undertake the new graduate-level medicine course will be Scottish-domiciled, and how it will encourage Scottish-domiciled students to apply.

Answered by: Shona Robison 19 July 2017

The Scottish Government will set the overall intake number for the new graduate level medical course. The first intake is expected to be around 40 students. In line with academic freedom, the selection and recruitment of individual students admitted to the course is a matter for the universities concerned, however.

In order to encourage Scottish domiciled students to apply, the Scottish Government will, by way of exception to the normal position for applicants who already hold a degree, pay the course fees of all successful Scottish domiciled and EU applicants.

In order to encourage retention of Scotgem graduates in NHS Scotland, it is the Scottish Government's intention that the course will have an element of bonding. Details of the bonding scheme will be announced shortly.