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Universities Scotland is the representative body of Scotland's 19 higher education institutions. We develop policy on behalf of the university sector and campaign publicly on higher education issues.

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Students vote Scotland as the best place to study in the UK in 2014

Responding to the publication of the results of the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) published today [Tuesday, 12 August 2014], a Universities Scotland spokesperson said: "Students have endorsed Scotland's universities as the best place to pursue a higher education in the UK, with overall satisfaction reaching a three-year high at 87%. For new students starting their courses in September, and for prospective students looking to apply for entry in 2015, this is a big vote of confidence from their peers already studying in Scottish institutions. Looking at the detail of survey, Scotland's universities recorded improved or equal satisfaction from students in 21 out of 22 measures this year, including on level of feedback, teaching, academic support, learning resources and personal development. The survey results reflect institutions' commitment to continuous self-improvement as they look to provide world class higher education and the best possible student experience. As well as being the best place to study in the UK, official figures published earlier this summer show Scottish universities are producing the UK's most employable graduates with the best rates of positive destinations of work or further study."

 

Great day for Scots as over 1,000 more students accepted into university

Over 1,000 more Scots had secured a place at university in Scotland as of midnight last night [Monday 4 August] compared to the same time last year. 33,780 Scots had been placed at universities across Scotland, compared with 22,770 in 2013. This equates to an increase of four per cent compared to the same time last year. In total Scottish universities have so far confirmed places for a total of 30,350 applicants to start university this autumn, with students from the rest of the UK, from Europe and from the rest of the world taking up places alongside students from Scotland. Read the full news release.


Scotland's twenty-first century research breakthroughs on show to the world

The ability to transmit the internet through a light-bulb, a low-cost, portable eye examination kit capable of preventing blindness in the world's poorest countries, new health advice for those with diabetes and the creative process behind the design of the medals for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. These are some of the research breakthroughs and innovations of Scotland's 19 higher education institutions, on show to the countries of the Commonwealth at an event hosted by Universities Scotland and Scottish Enterprise this evening (from 18.30 on Monday, 28 July). The event is part of the Scotland House business-to-business programme of Glasgow 2014, which provides a platform for Scotland's key industry sectors during the Commonwealth Games. The event will be attended by diplomats and dignitaries from over sixteen countries of the Commonwealth including Malaysia, New Zealand and Mauritius. Amongst the dignitaries, the hosts are delighted to be joined by the President of Mauritius as well as Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Education, Mr Michael Russell MSP. Read the full news release.