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Universities Scotland submission on future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation

Universities Scotland responded to a call for evidence on future UK funding schemes for international collaboration and innovation. Professor Sir Adrian Smith has been commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to provide independent advice on what future frameworks on research and innovation could look like. You can read our full…

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Universities Scotland submission to consultation on a Workplace Parking Levy

Universities Scotland has submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to inform its inquiry into the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL). The Committee has invited views on the policy as part of their consideration of the Transport (Scotland) Bill, which contains amendments proposing the introduction of a WPL. Our submission recognises that…

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Universities Scotland update on widening access to Education and Skills Committee

Universities Scotland has provided an update on the sector’s progress on widening access to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee. Our submission summarises the set of actions delivered by universities since the Commission on Widening Access (CoWA) in 2016, including the sector-wide setting of minimum entry requirements and developing a consistent approach to communicating…

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Submission to Funding of EU Structural Fund Priorities in Scotland, post-Brexit

Universities Scotland have submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee’s inquiry into the Funding of EU Structural Fund Priorities in Scotland, post-Brexit. Structural funds from the European Union have been important for universities in Scotland. After Brexit, there will be a need to replace structural funds. The UK Government is due to…

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Universities Scotland response to Teaching Excellence Framework consultation

Universities Scotland has responded to a call for evidence from the UK Department for Education (DfE) to inform a review of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). The review will report in summer 2019 and the recommendations will be considered before the implementation subject-level TEF. Currently, five Scottish institutions participate in institutional-level TEF,…

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Briefing for Scottish Government Statement: Update on the Impact of Brexit on the Scottish Further and Higher Education Sectors

On Thursday 14 March 2019, the Scottish Government provided the Scottish Parliament with an update statement on the impact of Brexit on Scotland’s Further and Higher Education sectors. We took the opportunity to brief MSPs on our concerns as well as actions that could be taken by the UK and Scottish Governments to mitigate the…

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Universities Scotland responds to Knowledge Exchange Framework consultation

Universities Scotland has responded to a consultation on the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). Research England consulted on the proposed design and implementation of the first iteration of the KEF, focused on metrics. This particularly focuses on the clustering of institutions for fair comparison, the metrics used to underpin the assessment and how the metrics are…

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Universities Scotland submission to Education and Skills Committee inquiry into Subject choice

Universities Scotland have responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee inquiry into Subject choice. Our submission focuses on the work of the Learner Journey and the impact of Subject choice on the sector’s work on widening access. You can read our submission here.

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Independent Review of Scottish Funding Council’s Research Pooling Initiative

The SFC’s pooling initiative was developed to support Scottish HEIs to establish collaborative research pools with the aim of growing critical mass of excellent research in Scotland. The pooling initiative will be reviewed by an independent panel. Universities Scotland responded to the call for evidence to highlight support for the pools amongst the sector and…

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Draft Scottish Government Budget 2019-20

On Wednesday 16 January, the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee will take evidence from the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget for 2019-20. We provided evidence to the Committee about our concerns related to the budget as currently drafted which we believe…

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