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Universities Scotland’s Submission to the Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee on the transition to Net Zero

We have provided evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee to help with their inquiry on the transition to Net Zero. The inquiry, which began earlier this year, is now looking at the role of skills and workforce planning in supporting the achievement of Scotland’s net zero ambitions. Our submission highlights…

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Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Government is planning to legislate on emergency powers in the event of future public health crises in its Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill. Universities Scotland gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People’s Committee inquiry on the Bill on Wednesday 2 March 2022. We submitted evidence to the committee…

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Universities Scotland’s submission to the Education, Children and Young People Committee on the attainment challenge

We have provided evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People’s Committee to assist with their inquiry on the attainment challenge. Our submission highlights the role that the attainment challenge will play in ensuring fair admissions to universities; the key role that better data could play in making decisive policy interventions as well…

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Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee inquiry into the Scottish Government’s international work

Universities Scotland were asked to submit evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee as part of their inquiry into the Scottish Government’s international work. You can read our submission here. You can watch our International Convener, Professor Andrea Nolan give evidence to the committee on YouTube: width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”>

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Universities Scotland submission on the impact of the 2022/23 budget allocation for universities

Universities Scotland has submitted financial metrics on higher education funding to the Finance and Public Administration Committee to inform its scrutiny of the 2022/23 Budget. The figures demonstrate the impact of the 2022/23 budget allocation for universities as well as the longer-term financial pressures facing Scotland’s universities. Read the full briefing here.

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Universities Scotland submission to Finance and Public Administration Committee inquiry into Resource Spending Review

Universities Scotland has responded to an inquiry by the Finance and Public Administration Committee on the framework for the Scottish Government’s Resource Spending Review. The Resource Spending Review is to set out spending plans for the remainder of the parliamentary term which support the Scottish Government’s ambitions. The Review was announced alongside the Scottish Budget…

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Universities Scotland submission to Education, Children and Young People Committee on spiking incidents

Universities Scotland has submitted evidence to an inquiry by the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People Committee on incidents of drink and needle spiking. The inquiry follows recent media reports of a rise in the incidents of spiking and a new threat of spiking by needle. Our submission looks at the prevalence of spiking…

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Universities Scotland response to education reform consultation

Universities Scotland has responded to a consultation led by Professor Ken Muir on reforming the Scottish education system. The consultation invites views on the Scottish Government’s intention to replace the SQA and create a new specialist agency for both curriculum and assessment. Reform to Education Scotland, including removing the function of inspection from the agency,…

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Education, Children and Young People Committee to inform pre-2022/23 Budget Scrutiny

The Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People Committee each year undertakes pre-Budget scrutiny in its area. We have provided a briefing for members of the committee which summarises our full Spending Review case. Our summary provides the context for our budget ask as well as issues we wish the Scottish Government should prioritise in…

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Universities Scotland submission to Economic Transformation Advisory Council

Universities Scotland has responded to a call for evidence from the Scottish Government’s new Advisory Council on the economy. Chaired by the Economy Secretary, Kate Forbes MSP, the Advisory Council will put forward ideas on how to drive Scotland’s economic transformation as the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic. Our submission highlights the higher education…

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