SCOTTISH Government ministers will today press for answers over a replacement for the Erasmus student exchange programme in the event of a No-Deal Brexit.

Earlier this month, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the UK Government will look at “successor schemes” if students are barred from the EU-funded scheme.

The Scottish Government is seeking further details on this and the three-year “leave to remain” policy, with undergraduate courses in Scotland lasting four years.

Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead is set to raise the issues with UK Minister of State for Universities Chris Skidmore in London.

Ahead of the meeting, he raised concerns that Scotland could miss out on funding currently under consideration for English students in the short-term if the UK leaves the EU on October 31.

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Lochhead said:

“We benefit from EU students coming here to learn and from Scottish students studying or training abroad, and we must remain a full participant of the Erasmus+ programme.

“The Secretary of State for Education has said he will find a ‘solution’ to the three-year leave to remain policy and it’s imperative that this happens soon.”