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August 08 2017
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Success for Scottish students as UCAS figures revealed

New figures released today by UCAS, the admissions body, have been welcomed by Universities Scotland. Higher results day has seen a large increase in number of people from most deprived areas going to university in 2017. There has been a 13% increase in the number of placed applicants from Scotland’s 20% most deprived neighbourhoods compared […]

June 29 2017
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Graduates of Scottish institutions continue to outperform peers in rest of UK

New statistics published today (29 June 2017) continues the trend that 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. Statistics released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on Destination of Leavers from Higher Education in the United Kingdom […]

June 22 2017
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Strong performance for Scotland’s universities in the TEF

Today (Thursday, 22nd June) marks the first publication of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) results for universities across the UK and participating universities in Scotland. Five Scottish universities decided to take part in the TEF. The TEF was introduced by the UK Government in 2016 with the aim of recognising and rewarding excellence in teaching […]

May 01 2017
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Staff, students and university principals launch a Manifesto for the Mobility of Talent

Students, staff and principals have called on political parties contesting the General Election to support a Manifesto for Mobility of Talent which focuses on three clear immigration and mobility policies for Scotland. Political parties’ manifestos for the General Election on the 8 June are expected to be published in the coming days. The Manifesto for the […]

April 13 2017
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83% of Scots say it’s better for international students to work in the UK when they graduate rather than return to their home country

New polling published today finds that Scots are overwhelming in favour of international students staying in the UK once they graduate rather than returning to their home country. 83% of Scots asked in a ComRes poll commissioned by Universities UK[1] agreed that when international students graduate from universities, it is better if they use their […]

March 29 2017
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Statement on the day that Britain triggers Article 50 to leave the EU

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 will see the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This will signify the formal start of the two-year negotiation for the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union. Responding to the official start of Brexit negotiations, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said: “On […]

March 28 2017
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Office space available at Universities Scotland

Universities Scotland is looking for an organisation to share our modern, well-serviced business premises. We are able to accommodate between 5-8 work desks with flexible options between cellular and open-plan accommodation. The office is 8-10 minutes’ walk from Waverley train station and 2 minutes from the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh’s Holyrood district. Edinburgh airport is 30-40 […]

March 24 2017
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Universities Scotland welcome EU student status confirmation

The Scottish Government has confirmed today that EU nationals choosing to study in Scotland, enrolling in 2018-19 will not have their fees status changed during their courses. Commenting on the news, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Today’s announcement from the Deputy First Minister is both welcoming and assuring for the sector. Since Brexit, […]

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
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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 […]

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