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Sir Pete Downes letter to Education Secretary on the Higher Education Governance Bill

Universities Scotland’s Convener, Professor Sir Pete Downes, written a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance to set out the sector’s view on issues relating to the Scottish Government’s proposed Stage 2 amendments to its Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill. Sir Pete explains that Universities Scotland remains concerned that this […]

Written evidence for Devolution (Further Powers) Committee evidence session on post-study work

Universities Scotland submitted written evidence to the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee as it considers post-study work visas as an issue related to the Smith Commission on Thursday 28 January. Our written evidence makes it clear that Scotland’s higher education institutions want to see a change to the UK’s immigration policy for international students. This could […]

Response to UK Government’s Green Paper, Higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice

Universities Scotland has responded to the consultation on the the UK Government’s Higher Education Green Paper, Fulfilling our potential: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice. The response addresses those consultation questions where there are particular implications for the sector in Scotland. Given that many of the proposals in the Green Paper will have direct […]

Brief for the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 debate

Universities Scotland has provided a briefing to MSPs ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Scottish Government’s Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill on Thursday, 14 January. The briefing asks for MSPs’ support at Stage 1 on four areas relating to the Bill:   To acknowledge the existing strengths in Scotland’s system of higher education […]

Briefing for Scottish Government debate on Delivering a World-Class Education System

Universities Scotland has provided MSPs with a short briefing ahead of a Scottish Government debate on Delivering a World-Class Education System on Tuesday 12 January. In summary:   Scotland’s higher education institutions, both old and new, perform exceptionally well on the world stage in their teaching and research. We have pioneered new approaches to teaching […]

Thought piece for the Scottish Government’s STEM Education Committee

The STEM Education Committee is an independent advisory group set up by the Scottish Government to support and galvanise action to improve STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – education and learning in Scotland’s schools, career advice related to STEM, and public science engagement. It is tasked with taking forward work on the Science and Engineering […]

Response to Scottish Funding Council consultation on Knowledge Transfer Grant (SFC/CN/02/2015)

Universities Scotland has submitted its response to the Scottish Funding Council’s Knowledge Transfer Grant (KTG) consultation SFC/CN/02/2015. The KTG currently supports outward-facing activity to enable universities to deliver economic, cultural and social impact. The flexibility of the current KTG has been an important feature to allow universities to pursue this impact in the unique context […]

Scottish Parliament Education Committee inquiry into Student Support

Our submission, and the oral evidence we provided to the Committee on 24 November 2015, emphasised the importance of a fair and easily understandable system of student support. The evidence on the link between fees, student support and widening access is complex. It is certain that the move to increase tuition fees to up to £9,000 in […]

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