The higher education sector in Scotland is diverse. It is made up of 15 universities, the Open University in Scotland, an art school, a conservatoire, and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC).
Universities Scotland has produced briefing papers which give an introduction to the main areas of our work within the higher education sector in Scotland. There are also facts and figures briefings which contain current data about each main activity. If you would like more detailed information, please contact the relevant member of staff through the contacts page.
All the publications listed below are available to download in PDF format. If you are having problems viewing the publications, you may need to download the free Acrobat Reader.
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) released its ninth Learning for All report on 24 March 2015. This brief pulls out some of the key facts from that report as they relate to higher education institutions and offers further analysis of SFC data. Read 'Widening access to higher education in Scotland'
Universities Scotland response to Scottish Government Consultation on a Higher Education Governance Bill
Scotland's university sector is committed to continual improvement of institutional governance, to ensure that is effective, inclusive, transparent and accountable. This has very recently been further modernised, through development and implementation of a new Scottish code of good higher education governance. Structures that reflect principles of good governance are vital in order to protect the autonomy that has made Scotland's higher education a global success story and to ensure the accountability that gives government and stakeholders confidence in our institutions. Read Universities Scotland's full university governance consultation response
Universities Scotland: submission to the Scotland Devolution Commission (Smith Commission)
Universities Scotland believes there are specific opportunities to craft a new devolution settlement which will enable the university sector to make an even stronger contribution to a fairer and more prosperous Scotland within the United Kingdom. Read Universities Scotland's submission to the Smith Commission
Implications of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) in Scottish schools on admissions for universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
This paper sets out the implications of CfE for university admissions, and is intended to serve as a helpful brief for universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Universities Scotland has produced it in response to suggestions from our 19 higher education institutions. Around 4,800 students of Scottish-domicile applied to at least one higher education institution in England, Wales or Northern Ireland through UCAS in 2014 therefore the pedagogic and qualification changes introduced by CfE will have an impact on higher education institutions beyond Scotland. Read the paper here
Scottish Higher Education Sector's Overarching Statement on Curriculum for Excellence
The introduction of Curriculum for Excellence in schools in Scotland is intended to result in changes to how pupils learn. New and revised qualifications are being introduced and there is a renewed emphasis on wider learning opportunities. Universities Scotland's statement on Curriculum for Excellence summarises the individual statements on Curriculum for Excellence that higher education institutions have produced. Read the statement on Curriculum for Excellence.
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Scotland's universities proud to produce graduates with the best record of professional level jobs in the UK
Data published today, 25 June 2015, by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2013/14 showed that graduates from Scotland's 19 higher education institutions have the best record of professional level jobs in the UK. Read the full Universities Scotland news release
Vacancy: Senior Policy Officer (Research and Innovation)
Edinburgh, Full Time, permanent. We have a vacancy for a Senior Policy Officer in our team dealing with universities' research, innovation and knowledge exchange and health policy issues. This is a rare and developmental opportunity to work at the heart of Scottish higher education.For further information visit www.uukjobs.co.uk/vacancies.aspx.
Good governance remains the priority for Principals as a new bill on HE governance is introduced
As a new Bill on higher education governance is introduced to Holyrood today (Wednesday 17 June) university leaders said their priority would be working with politicians and stakeholders to ensure the final legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament is consistent with good governance with strong lines of accountability. Universities Scotland will give the Bill close scrutiny to ensure this. Read Universities Scotland's news release