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Submission to the Education, Children and Young People’s Committee on pre-budget scrutiny for 2025/26

We have submitted a response to the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People’s Committee ahead of our appearance on Tuesday 12 June on their pre-budget scrutiny session for FY 2025/26. In our response, we have highlighted some key areas including: The university sector has faced real terms cuts for almost a decade, creating a…

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40 Faces campaign, a letter to the Education, Children and Young People’s Committee

Following the launch of our ’40 Faces’ campaign on 15 April, we wrote to Sue Webber MSP as the Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People’s Committee. The campaign calls on stakeholders to refocus their efforts towards the ambitious access goals set for 2030 by the Commission for Widening Access in the…

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Petition PE2009: Ensure fair access to Scottish universities for all residents in Scotland and the UK, a letter to the Committee

Following a request from the Scottish Parliament’s Citizen Participaiton and Public Petitions Committee, we have written a letter to the Committee regarding whether data from each university on how many Scottish-domiciled students are accepted onto each course annually could be published. In our response, we have highlighted three key points: Universities adhere to two codes…

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Briefing on widening access: Scottish Government debate

Ahead of the Scottish Government led debate on widening access this week, we have prepared a brief that has went to MSPs which outlines our key asks for the widening access agenda. This is to ensure universities are able to meet the 2030 target of 20% of students from the most 20% deprived areas attend…

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Brief on Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill – UK Legislation

Universities Scotland has provided a briefing note to MSPs regarding the Economic Activity of Public Bodies (Overseas Matters) Bill – UK legislation which is due to be debated in parliament. The Scottish Parliament must decide if they should provide this Bill with a legislative consent motion. Universities Scotland is politically neutral on matters related to…

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2024/25 Scottish budget: submission to the Education, Children and Young People’s Committee

We have submitted a brief on the Scottish budget for 2024/25 to the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People’s Committee ahead of Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Jenny Gilruth’s appearance this week on the Scottish budget and post school reform. In our brief, we have highlighted the budgetary pressures the higher education sector…

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Budget scrutiny: Submission to the Finance and Public Administration Committee

We have made a submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Public Administration Committee ahead of their session tomorrow 9 January to scrutinise the 2024/25 budget, set out by the Scottish Government on 19 December. Our call to action is that additional funding might be found, during the passage of the budget bill, to reduce…

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Response to Scottish Government’s Education Bill consultation

The Scottish Government’s consultation on the forthcoming Education Bill, which will legislate for a qualifications body (to replace SQA) and an inspection agency (to replace the existing function in Education Scotland) closed yesterday. The Education Bill will establish a new qualifications body for Scotland, which will have similar functions to SQA but will also have…

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Universities Scotland: A brief for Ministerial statement on post-school reform

Universities Scotland have circulated a brief to MSPs within the Scottish Parliament ahead of the Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Veterans, Graeme Dey’s statement to Parliament on post-school reform. Within this brief, we have highlighted our key messages which inlcude: Universities welcomed many of the bold ideas in the Withers report on skills…

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Science and Scotland: follow up

Following our appearance at Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee on their inquiry into Science and Scotland, we have written a follow up letter to provide the Committee with additional evidence on their inquiry. In our follow up letter, we have provided further information to Douglas Ross MP on the balance on international student recruitment in Scotland…

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