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.
Universities Scotland welcomed the opportunity to respond to the consultation led by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on quality assessment of higher education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and proposals for external examiners which would also impact in Scotland. All nations of the UK have an interest in a high-quality, learner-centred UK-wide higher education sector. Read Universities Scotland's submission
Universities Scotland welcomed the opportunity to respond to the invitation from the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee to submit written evidence setting out our views on the financial implications of the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill. You can read our written evidence submission, made by the 21 August 2015 deadline, here.
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New Chair for the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership (SCQF)
After nine successful years under the leadership of Sir Andrew Cubie, CBE, FRSE, the SCQF Partnership is looking for a new Chair to succeed him and continue the strong progress in implementing the Framework. The closing date for applications is Friday 16 October 2015. For further details about the role and to apply, visit: scqf.org.uk/new-chair-scqf
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
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