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Tapping All Our Talents Review 2018

Our latest blog is a guest post from Professor Lesley Yellowlees, the Chair of the Tapping All Our Talents Review 2018: Women in STEM Review Group. In 2012, the Royal Society of Edinburgh published Tapping All Our Talents, highlighting the stark finding that only 27% of women STEM graduates were going on to STEM careers. […]

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Working to widen access: Jayde’s story

Jayde O’Connor is a fourth-year Psychology student at Glasgow Caledonian University. At our parliamentary reception on Tuesday 6 February, Jayde relayed her experience of the challenges she faced getting into university as a result of very difficult family circumstances in her teens. Watch or read a transcript of her inspiring speech: Hi, I’m Jadye O’Connor and […]


Convener’s hopes for 2018

Our Convener, Professor Andrea Nolan shares her hopes for 2018 in our first blog of the year. Happy New Year from me and everyone at Universities Scotland. In lieu of New Year’s Resolutions, I thought there was some merit in sharing my hopes for 2018. The year will, much like last year, have Brexit looming […]


Opportunities from the Industrial Strategy

Ruth Meyer is a Senior Policy Officer covering Research, Health and Knowledge Exchange here at Universities Scotland. After digesting the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy paper, Ruth blogs about the opportunities that exist for Scotland. The UK Government’s white paper on the Industrial Strategy was published last month and there are loads of reasons to be cheerful. […]

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Building partnerships between India and Scotland

Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland: “What a privilege to be in Mumbai to showcase the best of Scottish universities and build new partnerships between Scotland and India. “I’m out here with university leaders and the Deputy First Minister. The most exciting thing for me is how everything we’ve showcased has been about partnerships to […]


Emboldened to deliver more on access to HE

Big challenges require bold action. One of Scotland’s biggest challenges is the need to address the inequality that exists in our society and in our education sector. Whoever we are, we all have an interest in ensuring that our future is rid of the shameful statistic that by the time a child reaches five, there […]


A collective effort is needed to help people realise their potential

I’m delighted that we’re publishing Working to Widen Access. I believe passionately that higher education should be open to everyone who has the talent to benefit.  I also believe that talent is distributed across the population, regardless of privilege. As a society, I believe we can and must be committed to achieving equality of opportunity, […]

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Developing an entrepreneurial mindset

Scotland’s universities are driving a culture of entrepreneurship on campus. Lynne Russell At Queen Margaret tells us what this means for students at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh.  Returning to work from holiday is often a chore however, on this occasion my spirits were lifted as soon as I entered the atrium at Queen Margaret University. […]


Graduates 2017: Laura’s story

This month we have a series of blogs from young people who are weeks away from graduating and are about to enter the world of work. In these blogs, the graduates will be discussing how university prepared them for their future careers. Our sixth blog in the series is from Laura McClinton, who graduated last week from […]

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