I've worked as The Herald's education correspondent for the past five years, covering a range of stories from bogus colleges in Glasgow to the state of the nation's schools and the future of university funding. I'm interested in any stories relating to education. I previously worked at The Scotsman, covering politics and home affairs.
The warning comes as the government presses ahead with new legislation to ensure higher education institutions make greater efforts to widen access.
Under the plans, more use will be made of so-called contextualised admissions, where a student’s background is looked at as well as their exam results.
Although the Government has given universities extra money for 2013/14 to pay for more than 700 places on widening access schemes, the Scottish Liberal Democrats warned last month “many” Scottish students could be displaced in future.
Institutions north of the Border can charge students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland up to £9000 a year.
The limit was introduced to ensure a level playing field with universities in the rest of the UK, which can also charge fees of up to £9000. It was also intended to act as a brake on undue profiteering.
Now a group representing the 12 governing bodies of universities in Scotland has made a controversial call for them to be allowed to set their own maximum fee.