Universities Scotland



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.

Scroll over the map below and click to view contact details for our members.


Five-Point Plan for Innovation

Universities Scotland is an enthusiastic supporter of the Scottish Government’s ambition that Scotland should become a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovation nation. Universities are keen to play their role in this agenda as fully as possible and recognise that there is a need to enhance their innovation strategy and operations on an ongoing basis. Working collaboratively, universities have developed a set of actions – a five point plan – of additional things the sector can do in partnership with business and support agencies. Read the Universities Scotland Innovation Action Plan


Universities Scotland welcomes interim report from the Commission on Widening Access

Universities Scotland welcomed the interim report from the Commission on Widening Access, as published today [Thursday, 12 November], and repeated its support for the Commission's creative and joined-up approach to a challenge that spans all parts of our education system and society. Responding to the interim publication, Professor Pete Downes, Convener of Universities Scotland and Principal at the University of Dundee said: "University Principals share the Commission's commitment to further improvement in access to higher education from underrepresented groups. We are encouraged by the direction of the Commission's work based on the interim report. Launching the Commission was a bold and exciting step for Scotland because it is the first attempt to take a genuinely joined-up approach to widening access. It acknowledges that the challenges, and therefore the solutions, sit in more than one part of Scottish society and spans the full range of education sectors." Read the full Universities Scotland news release 

Vacancy: Policy Officer (Learning & Teaching)
Salary: £24,041 to £26,711 per annum, Full Time, Permanent
Closing date: Sunday 29 November 2015

We have a vacancy for a Policy Officer in our team dealing with universities' learning, teaching and widening access policy issues. Working closely with Principals and with the Head of Learning & Teaching and Widening Access you will be responsible for developing policy, evidence and analysis to promote the university sector's success in these areas. You will have a gift for assimilating and summarising large amounts of evidence, understanding members' and stakeholders' priorities, and developing policy proposals that can influence our key audiences. You will have the capacity to be authoritative and persuasive in your presentation to senior audiences within and outside Universities Scotland. Your initial policy focuses will be enterprise, quality enhancement and student mobility. For further information and to apply online please visit: www.uukjobs.co.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=03615