Briefings & Evidence

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Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions to Adulthood) (Scotland) Bill: written evidence

Ahead of giving evidence on the Disabled Children and Young People (Transitions to Adulthood) (Scotland) Bill at the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People Committee on Wednesday 8 February 2023, we have submitted written evidence to the committee.

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Response to Professor Hayward’s Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment

We have responded to the consultation on the options for change as part of Professor Hayward’s independent review of the future of qualifications and assessment in Scotland. In our submission, we support the opportunity for learners to have diverse opportunities to meet their needs and interests as they move beyond school to college, university, training,…

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Cost-of-living and students

With the cost-of-living crisis continuing, we have produced a briefing for MSPs and others focusing on the steps being taken by universities across Scotland to support their students.

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Student accommodation briefing

The brief gives an overview of the range of actions that universities have been actively taking to anticipate and mitigate the pressures in support of their students. The brief includes a range of further actions institutions are keen to explore and a set of actions that universities would like to see Government and other partners take forward.

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Universities Scotland’s response to the Call for Evidence for the independent review of the skills delivery landscape in Scotland

Universities Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s Call for Evidence for the skills delivery independent review. In our submission, we have highlighted the importance of universities’ contribution to skills and how universities are equipping people with the high-level skills that the economy needs. Universities are key players in responding to the challenges of the…

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The economic impact of Scotland’s university research activity

We commissioned London Economics in 2022 to assess the economic and social impact of research
activities delivered by Scottish higher education institutions on the United Kingdom economy,
focusing on the 2019-20 academic year.

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Universities Scotland’s response to the National Discussion survey

Universities Scotland have submitted their response to the survey for the National Discussion on the future of education in Scotland. Learners in the future will need an education that addresses future environmental, digital, global, economic challenges and acquire the knowledge and skills to thrive. We also need to ensure no one is left behind. Our…

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Scotland’s universities and the constitution: policy issues for consideration

The constitution has been a prominent feature of policy discussion in Scotland for some time and continues to be so. Whatever Scotland’s future, universities will be fundamental to Scotland’s people and economy. Universities will continue to educate a significant proportion of the population, equipping them with the skills they will need for their careers and…

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Letters to the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People committee

Following Professor George Boyne’s appearance at the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People committee on behalf on Universities Scotland, he has written a letter to the committee. This letter is the result of a question from Ruth Maguire MSP who asked about financial entitlement and support that is available for students. You can see…

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Cost of Living (Protection of Tenants) (Scotland) Bill

In anticipation of the Cost of Living (Protection of Tenants) (Scotland) Bill being presented to the Scottish Parliament, we have published a briefing highlighting issues of interest to the higher education sector. Please note: this briefing was published prior to the Bill itself being published. You can read our submission here.

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