February 02 2017
First Queen Margaret University Graduation of 2016; Twenty Eight pupils from across Midlothian and East Lothian gathered at QMU this weekend  to receive their graduation certificates from the Principal of QMU Petra Wend; Dressed in their striking blue gowns and mortar boards, friends and families looked on as they received awards from bronze to gold; QMU is the first higher education institution in the east of Scotland to host the childrens University which helps children to broader their horizons and become confident learners; youngsters from various schools across East Lothian celebrating their achievements with a group 'Selfie'.

Universities commit a full and fresh contribution to widening access as participation indicators published

The Scottish Funding Council has today (2 February) published data showing the number of young, full-time entrants to Scotland’s higher education institutions in 2015/16 by the most deprived areas of Scotland. The data show that 10.4 per cent of full-time entrants to Scotland’s universities, under the age of 21, were from the 20 per cent […]

January 25 2017

Scotland’s universities welcome the world

Today (25 January), all 19 higher education institutions across Scotland have come together to back a new campaign to welcome students from around the world. Scotland’s universities are already home to over 180 different nationalities among their students and staff. The new, global campaign, ‘Scotland’s universities welcome the world’ celebrates that and the diversity and […]

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 […]

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