Student numbers fell after higher tuition fees were introduced

Scottish students receive free tuition in Scotland, but pay up to £9,000 a year in England Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

The number of students from the South of Scotland going to university dropped in the year higher tuition fees were introduced in England.

A greater proportion chose Scottish universities, where tuition is free for Scottish students.

The figures, from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), count the numbers of first-year students going to university for the first time in autumn 2012, from the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

Nationally, universities in Scotland had more entrants than the year before, unlike any other country in the UK.

We'll be analysing the figures in more detail on our political programme Representing Border on Thursday, 16th Jan.