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Internationalising Scottish Business

The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee sought engagement on the challenges and opportunities faced by Scotland’s existing and aspiring exporters. Our submission welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the  committee’s call for evidence as Scotland’s higher education sector generates export income, exporting £1.3 billion of services in 2012/13. The sector’s export income is derived from multiple sources…

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Response to Nurse Review of Research Councils

Universities Scotland’s Convener has written to Sir Paul Nurse to provide the Scottish higher education sector’s response to the Nurse Review of Research Councils. Universities Scotland endorses Universities UK’s response to the Nurse Review of Research Councils and draws out some points that are of particular importance to universities in Scotland, including: Concern that there…

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Connecting Scotland – how Scottish organisations engage internationally

The second strand of the European and External Relations Committee (EERC) Inquiry into “Connecting Scotland: how Scotland can engage most effectively in a globalising world” considered how Scottish organisations engage internationally. Our submission provides an overview of the breadth of activity we are currently engaged in as a sector as well as the reason for…

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Scotland’s International Framework

Scotland’s International Framework sets out the Scottish Government’s internationalisation agenda and objectives, setting the context for delivery. It outlines the Government’s ambition for Scotland, its people, businesses and institutions through four strategic international objectives: enhancing our global outlook, strengthening our relationships and partnerships, increasing our reputation and attractiveness, and engaging with the European Union. We…

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Connecting Scotland – How the Scottish Government and its agencies engage internationally

In autumn 2014, the European and External Relations Committee of the Scottish Parliament agreed to conduct an inquiry into “Connecting Scotland: how Scotland can engage most effectively in a globalising world”.  The Inquiry consisted of  four-strands to consider how the Scottish Government and its agencies engage internationally, and how Scottish organisations engage internationally. Our submission…

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Response to Scottish Government Consultation on a Higher Education Governance Bill

Universities Scotland has submitted its response to the Scottish Government’s pre-legislative consultation on a Higher Education Governance Bill. Our response notes that Scotland’s university sector is committed to continual improvement of institutional governance, to ensure that it is effective, inclusive, transparent and accountable. It explains the current framework and recent modernisation through the development and…

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Response to Scottish Funding Council consultation on Research Excellence Grant and Research Postgraduate Grant (SFC/CN/04/2014)

Universities Scotland has submitted its response to the Scottish Funding Council’s review of the Research Excellence Grant and Research Postgraduate Grant consultation SFC/CN/04/2014. Key points from our submission: Research Excellence Grant proposals. We support uncoupling the funding provided to support non-charity research/charity income from that provided in recognition of research volume and quality. The proposal to distribute…

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Impacts of the closure of the Post Study Work (PSW) route

The cross-party All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration sought engagement with a range of stakeholders to consider what impacts, on students, universities, and local economies, the closure of the Tier 1 PSW route has had on the attractiveness of the UK as a destination to study, following the UK Government’s decision to close the post-study work route…

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Response to the recommendations of the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce on Educational Attainment

The Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce focused primarily on the 50% of Scotland’s pupils who don’t follow an academic pathway after school and who leave without Highers. However, many of the issues raised in the Commission’s report have parallels in the university sector and many of the recommendations have implications for universities so we are…

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Response to Scottish Funding Council consultation on Knowledge Transfer Grant (SFC/CN/01/2014)

Universities Scotland has submitted its response to the Scottish Funding Council’s Knowledge Transfer Grant (KTG) consultation SFC/CN/01/2014. The KTG has to date been a long-term, flexible funding stream to support knowledge exchange activities, including commercialisation of research, in a rapidly evolving landscape. While taking into consideration the Scottish Government’s priorities, the grant provides institutions with…

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