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September 22 2016
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Officially one of the best higher education sectors in the world

The Times Higher has published the 2017 world university rankings. Five Scottish universities feature in the top 200 and another 7 universities feature in the list which represents the best 5 per cent of universities in the world. Commenting on the rankings, a spokesperson said: “With five universities in the world’s top 200 and 12 […]

September 09 2016
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Scottish Government Capital Stimulus for HE very welcome news

Higher education is to receive £25 million of the Scottish Government’s new £100m Capital Stimulus Package. The details were announced in the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government for 2016-17 on Tuesday 6 September. Responding to the announcement Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said: “Universities are delighted to be one of the recipients of the […]

September 06 2016
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University commitment to review admissions to improve access

Today (6th September) The Herald reported on universities’ commitment to review their admissions systems, one of the three work streams Universities Scotland is taking forward as part of our response to the Commission on Widening Access. Speaking to the Herald, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said: “Universities are saying they will do more to […]

August 31 2016
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Futures not Backgrounds

Universities Scotland has set out its response to the Blueprint for Fair Access, the report of the Commission on Widening Access produced in March 2016. University leaders are to take forward three broad areas of work that address a number of the recommendations made by the Commission. Work will start straight away on a review […]

August 16 2016
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Universities Scotland responds to the Scottish Government’s Enterprise and Skills Review

We have been pleased to respond to a call for evidence from Economy Secretary Keith Brown MSP, as part of the end-to-end review of enterprise and skills support in Scotland that he is leading. Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions are committed to delivering impact in Scotland and the wider world and want to work as […]

August 09 2016
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Results day brings university success for Scots

Higher results day has brought good news for Scottish students today (Tuesday 9 August) with a 5 per cent increase in the number of Scots accepted into a Scottish university for 2016/17 academic year compared to the same point last year. As of midnight last night 28,300 Scottish students had accepted a place at one […]

August 02 2016
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Response to Home Office Tier 4 visa pilot for international students

Universities Scotland was asked for comment on the UK Government’s new pilot exercise on the Tier 4 visa scheme open to international students who have studied masters programmes in four UK universities. Details of the scheme can be found on p93 of this Home Office guidance.  A spokesperson from Universities Scotland said: “We welcome the fact […]

July 31 2016
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Professor Andrea Nolan announced as Convener of Universities Scotland

Universities Scotland, the organisation which represents all 19 of Scotland’s higher education institutions welcomes Professor Andrea Nolan as its Convener for a period of two years, from today, 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2018. Professor Andrea Nolan, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at Edinburgh Napier University, was elected to the post by her peer group of […]

July 21 2016
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Joint Statement: Scottish Government and Universities Scotland on EU Staff and Research

In a joint statement today the Scottish Government and Universities Scotland have made clear that the contribution of EU researchers to our excellent research as well as to our economy, society and culture is valued.  Researchers in Scotland also continue to benefit from freedom of movement across the EU, enabling them to collaborate or to […]

July 08 2016
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Graduates from Scotland’s universities secure best levels of employment in the UK

New UK Performance Indicator figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show 95.1 per cent of graduates from Scotland’s universities in 2014/15 secured employment or further study six months after graduation – the highest levels in the UK. Graduates from Scotland’s universities were more likely to be in employment or further study than […]

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