We regularly give policy advice to Government and Parliament. Review our briefings and consultation responses here.

Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into Scotland’s Place in Europe

Universities Scotland has given evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s inquiry into Scotland’s Place in Europe . Our submission emphasises the value that staff and students from the EU add to the quality of teaching, research and the student experience. We stress the urgent need for clarity on the immigration status for existing EU staff and […]

Views on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the HE & Research Bill

Certain provisions  of the Higher Education and Research Bill at Westminister now require the consent of the Scottish Parliament following amendments. The Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee has sought views on the Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM) prepared by the Scottish Government. The Committee is due to discuss the LCM at its meeting on 26 […]

Response to the Science and Technology Committee inquiry on the role and priorities of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) interim chair

The Science and Technology Committee hold an introductory evidence session with Sir John Kingman, the interim Chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), on 12 October 2016. UKRI is the single strategic body proposed in the Higher Education and Research Bill, to bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England. We are […]

Response to The Science and Technology Committee inquiry into Managing intellectual property and technology transfer

Universities work to commercialise research in order to produce beneficial economic impact and as a part of their broader missions to deliver benefit to society. This work, which includes licensing and spin-outs, is part of a much wider approach to economic impact delivered through higher education institutions (HEIs). Following a call for evidence from the […]

EU Referendum result & its Impact on Scottish HE: Evidence to European and External Relations Committee Enquiry

We have submitted written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee’s enquiry into the EU Referendum and its Implications for Scotland. Download our full response here. Our evidence makes it clear that the EU referendum result has created great uncertainty in higher education. However, our members have strong working relationships with Europe, European […]

HE & Research Bill at Committee stage

Universities’ Scotland’s primary concern with the HE and Research Bill is to ensure that the new UK-wide structured proposed for research and innovation are required to act in the interests of the whole UK; have regard to the relevant policies of the devolved administrations; and have governance structures that reflect the interests of the whole UK.  We […]

Written evidence to Education & Skills Committee session 7 September 2016

Our Convener, Professor Andrea Nolan, is giving evidence to the Education and Skills Committee of the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 7 September as part of a session themed on further and higher education . We have submitted a short brief on the opportunities and challenges facing Scottish higher education in advance of this session. You […]

Response to Apprenticeship Levy consultation by Scottish Government

We were pleased to submit views to the Scottish Government’s consultation on how it should use its share of the UK Apprencticeship Levy as transferred to Scotland from the UK Government. As employers, Scotland’s universities support the use of apprenticeships. We think the volume of apprenticeships available should be demand-led and we are keen to […]

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