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

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 […]

Response to Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF): year 2 – technical consultation

We have responded to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) consultation on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF): year 2 – technical consultation, which seeks views on the operation of the TEF in year 2, including the assessment framework and process. Read our full consultation response. Summary of our response: Scotland’s universities welcome the […]

Briefing for 7 July, House of Commons, Backbench business – Support for the UK’s creative industries and their contribution to the economy

We have issued a briefing to MPs ahead of a backbench debate in the House of Commons on support for the UK’s creative industries and their contribution to the economy taking place today, Thursday 7 July, Key points  include: Scotland’s Creative Industries contribute significantly to the economy, employing 68,500 people across more than 8,000 businesses […]

Brief for 5 July House of Commons, Science and Technology Committee’s oral evidence session on Leaving the EU: Implications and opportunities for science and research

The Science and Technology Committee will examine the implications and opportunities of leaving the EU for science and research.  Among those giving evidence will be Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Chair of the Universities UK Research Policy Network and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. Universities Scotland has shared a brief with members of […]

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