Blackburn cited by Ferret Fact Service in response to MP Cherry's claim that Scottish students leave universities without a huge debt

  • Lucy Hunter Blackburn

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Lucy Hunter Blackburn's research on student debts, which is linked to CREID's projects on Scottish higher education (HE), was quoted by Ferret Fact Service in The Daily Record in response to SNP MP Joanna Cherry's claim on the free fee policy of Scottish HE in the Andrew Marr Show on the 18th February.

Ferret Fact Service wrote in The Daily Record that  Cherry's claim was mostly false. This argument is partly based on a previous comment by Blackburn that the statistical figures released by Student Loans Company “consistently represented only around two-thirds of the average amount [of debt] that a four-year honours degree student would have accumulated”. 

Blackburn was also interviewed on student funding by BBC Radio Scotland on the 23rd February 2018 for the higher education series of its programme 'Sunday Politics'. The programme will be broadcasted at 11. 30 on Sunday  the 25th February.

Blackburn is currently an ESRC-funded PhD student at Edinburgh University and was recently involved  in our projects Higher Education in Scotland, the Devolution Settlement and the Referendum on Independence and  Access to higher education for people from less advantaged backgrounds in Scotland and the rest of the UK

Blackburn's research on tuition fees can be found on her own blog 'Adventures in Evidence' and on the following websites of our projects.

Period22 Feb 2018

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleDo Scottish students leave university without big debts? Ferret Fact Service investigates MP's claim
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Daily Record
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Producer/AuthorFerret Fact Service
    PersonsLucy Hunter Blackburn


TitleHigher Education and Social Class: Scotland in Comparative Perspective
LocationMoray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Period31 May 2016 → 31 May 2016


  • Scotland
  • Higher Education
  • tuition fees
  • student finance