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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


“I am welcome to study, but not to work”: An international student’s reflection on being in the UK

Gisele Alves is two years into a PhD in Civil Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University. Gisele is Brazilian and recently spoke about her reasons for choosing to study in Scotland, and the visa challenges facing her, at a Universities Scotland fringe event at the Scottish Conservatives Party Conference in early March. Gisele said: “When I was […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Response to Department for Education consultation on postgraduate doctoral loans

At Budget 2015, the UK Government announced its intention to review how to broaden and strengthen support for postgraduate research and subsequently published a consultation on support for postgraduate study. This consultation took place in November and December 2016. Professor Sir Tim O’Shea responded on behalf of Universities Scotland in his capacity as the Convener […]

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