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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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New analysis finds that more than one third of Team Scotland athletes are Scottish university students or graduates

Universities Scotland has today, Monday 21 July, thrown its full support behind Team Scotland for success at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and revealed the high level of Team Scotland athletes with a Scottish higher education background. An incredible 114 out of 310 Team Scotland athletes, some 36.77%, have links to Scottish universities as current students or graduates and have pursued a diverse range of academic subjects including accountancy, medicine, sport and recreation management, chemistry and broadcast production. The new analysis builds on the news that 73 Team Scotland athletes have been bolstered by Winning Students scholarship support, including the entire badminton team. Sixteen of Scotland's 19 higher education institutions can claim current students or graduates in Team Scotland. Read the full news release.

 

Scotland’s universities proud to continue to offer their graduates the best prospects in the UK 

Official National Statistics released today on graduate destinations by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) showed that graduates from Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions have better prospects within six months of graduation than their peers in the rest of the UK.  The statistics showed:

  • Graduates from Scottish universities had the highest rate of positive destinations (work and/or further study) at 91 per cent (UK average 88 per cent).
  • Of those in employment, a higher percentage of graduates from Scotland’s universities were in professional-level jobs; 69 per cent (UK average 65 per cent).
  • Graduates from Scottish universities had the highest mean average starting salaries in the UK at £22,500 (UK average £21,000).
  • A lower rate of graduates from Scotland’s universities were found to be unemployed six months after graduation than across the rest of the UK at only 6 per cent (UK average of 8 per cent).

Commenting on the statistics, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said:

“Scotland’s universities have made employability a real priority with significant amounts of time and energy invested in employability strategies, attention paid to the development of well-rounded skill sets in our students and working closely with employers in the design and delivery of courses and the creation of work placements.

“We’re very proud of our record on employability and pleased that our graduates finish their studies confident that they have the best prospects in the UK.  This is an important factor in student choices when it comes to applications and it’s important to the economy and to Scotland’s productivity that our graduates are going on to positive destinations in such numbers and into graduate-level jobs so quickly.”

Read the full release here. 

 

HE sector bands together to take on global competitors and support ambition for 50% export growth

Connected Scotland, a new collaborative approach to promote Scotland's higher education sector internationally, has been launched today [Monday 16 June] to support the ambitious goal of increasing the sector's export revenue by more than 50 per cent in six years. The partnership commits eight different higher education organisations, enterprise agencies and funding bodies,[1] as well as the higher education institutions themselves, to work more closely together to compete in a highly internationalized and fiercely competitive marketplace for higher education. Scotland's university sector has been acknowledged as an industry sector in its own right with annual exports totaling £1.3 billion in 2011/12; 60 per cent of which is from outside of the UK. Connected Scotland has come together to support the ambitious goal of growing the value of university exports from £1.3 billion to over £2 billion by 2017. Read the full news release. Visit www.connectedscotland.org for more information.