Annex L: Clackmannanshire and Stirling Integration Authority
In response to your consultation regarding an amendment to the Universities (Scotland) Act 1966: reinstating the ability of the University of St Andrews to award certain degrees and licenses; please see below Clackmannanshire & Stirling Integration Authorities response.
Clackmannanshire & Stirling Integration Authority agree Scottish Ministers should seek the Parliament's approval to repeal paragraph 17 of Schedule 6 to the Universities (Scotland) Act 1966 and therefore reinstate the ability of the University of St Andrews to hold qualifying examinations and award degrees in medicine and midwifery, as well as degrees and licences in dentistry.
University of St Andrews currently awards the Primary UK Medical Qualification (PMQ) to Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine (ScotGEM) MBChB students, jointly with Dundee University. The amendment will ensure University of St Andrews is able to award medical degrees and result in the University being on an equal footing with the other bidders in the Programme for Government (PfG) process to develop proposals for a new medical school.
This amendment will also support the development of a medical workforce for Scotland across a choice of universities.
I trust this response meets requirements of the consultation.
Councillor Les Sharp
Chair of Clackmannanshire & Stirling Integration Joint Board