Contributions

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

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 […]

Submission to the Innovation Centres Review

We have responded to the Independent Review of Innovation Centres Programme chaired by Professor Graeme Reid. This independent review focuses on the delivery of the original vision, aims and objectives of the Innovation Centres Programme. The review will look at the progress and likely success of individual Innovation Centres, recognising that the review comes relatively early in […]

Brief for 14 June 2016 Scottish Government debate on the ‘Contribution of Colleges and Universities to Scotland’s success’

The Scottish Government is leading a debate on Tuesday 14 June in Holyrood entitled ‘The Contribution of Colleges and Universities to Scotland’s success’. Universities Scotland has shared a brief with MSPs that focuses on universities’ role in economic growth, Scotland’s talent pool, fairness, partnerships with schools and colleges and in Scotland’s culture and communities amongst […]

Universities Scotland’s position on the Teaching Excellence Framework

On 16 May, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published, Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, a white paper on Higher Education. The white paper contains plans for the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Universities Scotland is engaging constructively in the development of the TEF. […]

Response to BIS call for ideas for the National Innovation Plan

We have responded to a call from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) for ideas for the National Innovation Plan. Our response highlights the crucial role of universities in national innovation across our key activities of research, education and knowledge exchange – particularly in terms of developing enterprising talent. We also […]

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