June 30 2016

Great news for graduates from Scotland’s universities as their prospects for graduate level jobs outstrip England

Statistics released today, Thursday 30 June 2016, show a higher rate of positive destinations for Scottish graduates compared to last year, and demonstrate that yet again graduates from Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions have better prospects within six months of graduation than their peers in the rest of the UK. The statistics by the Higher […]

June 27 2016
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Vacancy for Senior Public Affairs Officer

Universities Scotland is recruiting for a new role in our Public Affairs team. This is a rare opportunity to be a core part of a team working to influence politicians in Holyrood and Westminster in what promises to be a very important time in politics and higher education. Universities Scotland is the representative organisation for […]

June 24 2016

Reaction to the result of the EU referendum

A spokesperson from Universities Scotland said: “The electorate has made its choice and we respect its decision. This outcome has a number of significant and direct implications for Scotland’s universities but the most important thing right now is to advise EU staff and students working and studying in our Scottish institutions that nothing changes overnight […]

June 03 2016
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The Herald’s Higher Education Awards 2016 announce finalists

Universities Scotland has welcomed the announcement of the finalists for the second year of the The Herald’s Higher Education Awards. The awards, in association with the University of the West of Scotland, comprise 12 categories that look to recognise the outstanding achievements of colleges and universities. We are supporting the awards this year and have sponsored […]

May 31 2016

Tavish Scott MSP appointed Education and Sport spokesperson for Scottish Liberal Democrat Party

Scottish LibDem leader, Willie Rennie MSP, has announced his party’s team of spokespeople. The team, with a gender balance of seven women and five men, sees Tavish Scott MSP (Shetland Islands) a former leader of the party, take up the role of spokesperson on Education and sport. The newly elected MSP Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland) […]

May 27 2016

Reaction to Sutton Trust report: Access in Scotland

Universities Scotland responded to a report on access to university published today [Friday, 27 May] by the Sutton Trust. The report, Access in Scotland, is a comparative assessment of widening access policy and performance across the UK. Commenting on the report, a spokesperson said: “Universities deeply share the First Minister’s commitment to enabling people to realise their […]

May 26 2016
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Universities Scotland responds to the Final Report of the Growing Value Scotland Task Force

Responding to the publication today, Thursday 26 May, of the Final Report of the Growing Value Scotland Task Force by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:   “Scottish business leaders make clear in this report that support for our universities is vital if the nation is to […]

May 19 2016

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, appointed Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

Universities Scotland has welcomed the appointment of Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP as Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills and Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP as Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science in the Scottish Cabinet reshuffle. The appointment of this portfolio reinforces the importance that The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has placed on […]

May 09 2016
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Funding sources and fee income

Universities Scotland was asked for comment by the Herald newspaper for an article it published on Saturday 7 May about tuition fees from rUK and international students as a growing source of income in Scotland. The article follows publication of a report published by  Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Finances of Higher Education Providers 2014/15 […]

April 26 2016
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Scottish universities see £16 million boost in philanthropic giving

Universities Scotland has responded to a report published in today’s Herald Newspaper which shows that philanthropic donations to universities increased by 42 per cent in 2014/15 compared to the previous year. The  Ross-CASE Report 2016:  Giving to Excellence: Generating Philanthropic Support for UK Higher Education found that philanthropic donations from alumni and other donors amounted […]

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