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Universities role in economic transformation celebrated in Scottish Parliament

The contribution of universities to the economic transformation of Scotland was celebrated by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament on 31 January 2023 as we held our annual Parliamentary reception. MSPs, universities, stakeholders and friends of the higher educatiton sector gathered to hear about the sector’s strong culture of delivery which aligns closely with the Scottish Government’s…

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Susana Galván Hernández on Taith

Susana Galván Hernández, Executive Director of Taith has written about Taith, Wales’ new international learning exchange programme. Susana has shared her thoughts on the importance of a student mobility scheme like Taith and the journey it has taken so far. Universities Scotland want to see the Scottish Government introduce a two-way student mobility scheme very…

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New US lead for mental health

Professor Lynn Kilbride, Vice Principal for Academic Development and Student Experience takes on the role as US lead for mental health following the retirement of Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal of Glasgow Caledonian University. Professor Kilbride has outlined what her priorities during this role will be and the importance of supporting mental health services at university….

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Universities Scotland welcome appointment of new Commissioner for Fair Access

Responding to today’s Scottish Government announcement of Professor John McKendrick as the new Commissioner for Fair Access to Higher Education in Scotland, David Lott, Deputy Director of Universities Scotland said: “We welcome the appointment of John McKendrick as Commissioner for Fair Access.  We look forward to Professor McKendrick building on the university sector’s achievements in…

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Our response to the Scottish Government budget

Responding to today’s Scottish Government budget for 2023-24, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “The tough financial climate facing Scottish Government is clear for all to see. In that context, we welcome the fact that it has been possible to make a modest 1% cash increase in university funding, worth an extra £12.7 million….

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Universities Scotland welcome additional research funding

Universities Scotland has welcomed news of an additional £24.6m of research funding to Scotland’s universities. It follows calls from Universities Scotland to ensure the package of support to universities announced by Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on 21 November would reach Scotland’s universities. Elements of the earlier UK Government announcement were intended to…

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University dedication to widening access continues to reap results

We are welcoming new figures that show more people from disadvantaged areas in Scotland are applying and being accepted into university. The figures come from UK’s shared admissions service for higher education, UCAS, who have released its data resources for the end of the 2022 application cycle. The figures show that the number of applications…

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Christmas donation to Who Cares? Scotland

This festive period, Universities Scotland has made a donation to the Who Cares? Scotland’s Christmas appeal #ShareTheLove. This is in place of sending out Christmas cards to our members and stakeholders. Who Cares? Scotland’s work, to ensure care experienced people feel loved, respected and equal, is more important than ever this winter. The #Share The…

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Connected Scotland is in Singapore!

Connected Scotland’s Project Officer, Ela Kossakowska, spent three days in Singapore, with the Connected Scotland partnership, to attend the Going Global Asia Pacific conference and build connections across the region. She shares her reflections from the Conference. Just over half of Scotland’s universities, along with the British Council Scotland and Scottish Development International (SDI), hosted…

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Scotland’s universities lead the way in widening access to students with care experience

A new report into the educational experience of students with a care background has hailed the progressive approach taken by Scotland’s universities in committing to a care experience guarantee in 2019, highlighting the positive impact it has already had on this group of students. The report, Next Steps: What is the Experience of Students from…

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