Universities Scotland


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.

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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.

Scotland's universities believe in creating opportunities for people with the potential to succeed. Widening access is well established as a core activity for Scotland's 19 higher education institutions which means a deeply-held commitment to addressing underrepresentation within the student body. This paper was submitted to the Scottish Government's Commission on Widening Access on 20 July 2015 in response to its call for evidence. Read Universities Scotland's submission

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'

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 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

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Vacancy: Policy Assistant
Salary range £20,641 to £22,782. Closing date for applications is midnight, Thursday 10 September 2015

Universities Scotland is the representative body of Scotland's 19 higher education institutions. We develop policy on behalf of the university sector and campaign publicly on higher education issues. We are looking for an enthusiastic and able individual to fill the role of Policy Assistant, working in both the Resources & Governance and Research & Innovation teams. The successful candidate will provide administrative and secretariat support to a number of policy committees and will support the work of Senior Policy Officers by contributing to the analysis and development of policy affecting (i) the resourcing and governance of higher education institutions and (ii) academic research and its dissemination in the wider economy and society. The postholder will also provide secretariat support directly to an external organisation, the Board for Academic Medicine. This role is an opportunity to work at the centre of Scottish higher education and to play a part in shaping the policy environment to support the sector's success. For full details and to apply online please vist the Universities UK website here.


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