January 12 2017

Universities Scotland comment on latest HESA student figures

The latest figures for Higher education student enrolment and qualifications obtained at higher education providers in the United Kingdom 2015/16 have been released by HESA. The total number of enrolments at higher education institutes in Scotland was 235,565 in 2015/16, a 1% increase from 2014/15 for both undergraduate and postgraduate enrolment. The enrolment of UK […]

January 05 2017

Commitment to widening access confirmed by Principals appointed to head work streams

Universities Scotland is delighted to announce the three leading Principals will develop the next stage of the widening access agenda as delivered by the university sector. • Work on Admissions will be led by Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal of University of St Andrews • Work on Articulation will be led by Susan Stewart, Director of […]

January 05 2017

University chief appeals to UK Government to promote, not punish, higher education as an important export sector

The Convener of Universities Scotland has called on the UK Government to help promote, not punish, universities’ role in exporting internationally ahead of a consultation on international students expected early in the New Year. Figures show that the value of international exports from Scotland’s university sector stand at £444 million based on the direct fee […]

December 20 2016

Response to Scottish Government paper: Scotland’s Place in Europe

Universities Scotland has responded to the publication of Scotland’s Place in Europe, the Scottish Government’s position following the result of the EU referendum, as released earlier today. Commenting on the paper, Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland and Principal of Edinburgh Napier University said: “Higher education transcends borders. Our relationships with Europe, European universities […]

December 16 2016

Universities Scotland welcome Professor Peter Scott as Commissioner for Fair Access

Responding to news that Professor Peter Scott has been appointed by the Scottish Government as the first ever Commissioner on Fair Access, Universities Scotland Convener, Professor Andrea Nolan said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Scott as the Commissioner for Fair Access. It is an important appointment and we look forward to working closely with […]

December 15 2016

Response to the Scottish Government budget for 2017/18

The Scottish Government published its budget for 2017/18 today. The budget outlines a resource settlement of £1,013.9 million for higher education. Responding to the Scottish Government’s budget for higher education resource in 2017/18, Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland said: “We recognise that the Scottish Government has tried to offer protection of higher education […]

December 14 2016

Scottish higher education urges the Scotland Office to make positive case on immigration policy in light of Brexit

Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland, has called on the Scotland Office today (Wednesday 14 December) to work with Scottish higher education to make a case to the UK Government that positive change is needed to immigration policy to ensure that international talent can come to study in Scotland’s universities and remain after graduation […]

December 05 2016

Enterprise & Skills Review: Joint Statement by NUS Scotland, UCU Scotland and Universities Scotland

The following joint statement was issued by NUS Scotland, UCU Scotland and Universities Scotland prior to Wednesday’s (7th December) Education and Skills Committee meeting at the Scottish Parliament concerning the Enterprise and Skills Review with Keith Brown, the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work. This statement should not be seen as the […]

December 01 2016

Scale of funding challenge facing universities set out for Holyrood Committee

Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, has told members of the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit Committee today that the ‘underlying risks’ highlighted by the Auditor General’s report into higher education funding are now crystalising following 12 per cent cuts to universities’ overall funding since 2010/11. Alastair Sim was giving evidence to Holyrood’s Public Audit Committee […]

October 26 2016

Enterprise & Skills Review: Response to phase one recommendations

The Scottish Government published the phase 1 report of its Enterprise and Skills review on Tuesday 25 October. The recommendations include the creation of a new enterprise body for the South of Scotland and a new Scotland-wide board to sit above the existing agencies. No change is proposed for the Scottish Funding Council although the […]

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