Emboldened to deliver more on access to HE

Big challenges require bold action. One of Scotland’s biggest challenges is the need to address the inequality that exists in our society and in our education sector. Whoever we are, we all have an interest in ensuring that our future is rid of the shameful statistic that by the time a child reaches five, there […]


A collective effort is needed to help people realise their potential

I’m delighted that we’re publishing Working to Widen Access. I believe passionately that higher education should be open to everyone who has the talent to benefit.  I also believe that talent is distributed across the population, regardless of privilege. As a society, I believe we can and must be committed to achieving equality of opportunity, […]


Response to Sutton Trust report: Admissions in Context

Universities Scotland has responded to the publication of the Sutton Trust’s report, Admissions in Context. The report provides new evidence on the use of ‘contextualised’ admissions and offers some insights into the difference that greater use of contextual data might make to the numbers of disadvantaged students at these universities. Commenting on the report, Universities Scotland Director, […]

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Committee of Scottish Chairs publish a new code of governance

Universities Scotland welcomes the publication of the 2017 edition of the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance. The code, which sets out principles and practices to ensure the effective governance of universities, represents a significant step forward in university transparency, inclusion and accountability. The safeguarding of good governance in HEIs is the responsibility of the […]


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 […]

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Developing an entrepreneurial mindset

Scotland’s universities are driving a culture of entrepreneurship on campus. Lynne Russell At Queen Margaret tells us what this means for students at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh.  Returning to work from holiday is often a chore however, on this occasion my spirits were lifted as soon as I entered the atrium at Queen Margaret University. […]


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 […]


Graduates 2017: Laura’s story

This month we have a series of blogs from young people who are weeks away from graduating and are about to enter the world of work. In these blogs, the graduates will be discussing how university prepared them for their future careers. Our sixth blog in the series is from Laura McClinton, who graduated last week from […]

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