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Universities Scotland response to Universities UK Review of Fair Admissions

Universities Scotland has responded to a call for evidence from Universities UK to inform their review of fair admissions to higher education. The review has been established to identify the main challenges linked to undergraduate admissions and offer-making practices, review the 2004 Schwartz principles on fair admissions, and propose ways to ensure that admissions work in…

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Universities Scotland briefing for Scottish Government debate: Scotland as a Science Nation

Ahead of the Scottish Government debate on Scotland as a Science Nation, Universities Scotland published a briefing for MSPs. The debate took place on Tuesday 26 November 2019. The briefing highlighted the strengths of Scotland as a Science Nation as well as the challenges facing the nation.

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Universities Scotland response to the Migration Advisory Committee Call for Evidence on Salary Thresholds and the Points-based System

Universities Scotland have submitted evidence to the UK Government’s Migration Advisory Committee after their call for evidence on salary thresholds and a points-based immigration system. You can read our response, which we delighted the essential role that international staff play in our world-leading universities, here.

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Universities Scotland manifesto ‘asks’ for the 2019 General Election

Ahead of the UK General Election on 12 December 2019, Universities Scotland has prepared a briefing which outlines the higher education policies we’re seeking support for in political parties’ manifestos and from the next government. The short briefing should be considered as a companion to Universities UK’s manifesto briefing. Our ‘asks’ have been divided into…

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Universities Scotland respond to Local Government and Communities Committee’s call for views on Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill

Universities Scotland have responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities call for views on the proposed Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill that the committee is currently considering. Read our response to the committee here.

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Submission to Education and Skills Committee on its pre-2020/21 Budget Scrutiny

As part of its pre-2020/21 Budget Scrutiny, we were asked to submit evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee about what the higher education sector in Scotland was seeking to see in the forthcoming budget. You can read our evidence here.

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Universities Scotland response to data collection relating to unspent criminal convictions of university applicants

Universities Scotland has responded to a request for information from the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee in relation to proposed legislative changes to the disclosure system in Scotland. The request specifically focuses on UCAS’s removal of a question regarding unspent criminal convictions from all course applications and the initiatives taken by Scottish institutions to…

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Universities Scotland submission on the impact of Brexit on higher education

On Wednesday 18 September 2019, Universities Scotland Director Alastair Sim will give evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee about the impact of Brexit on the higher education sector. Ahead of the session, we submitted written evidence to the Committee which outlines our concerns about the consequences of a no deal exit from…

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Briefing for Scottish Government debate on mobility of talent in the university sector

A debate on the impact of the UK Government’s planned immigration policy on the mobility of talent in the Scottish higher education sector. Ahead of the debate, we took the opportunity to brief MSPs on the importance of ensuring that Scotland remains open to staff and students from around the world. The briefing contains calls…

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Universities Scotland update on Reach programme

Universities Scotland responded to a call for evidence from the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee to inform their inquiry into access to the legal profession. We provided data on the Reach Scotland, a national programme that aims to encourage, support and prepare learners for studying a professional degree. You can read our full submission here.

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