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Philanthropy supports research which changes lives

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Siddharthan Chandran is the MacDonald Professor of Neurology at the University of Edinburgh and Director of both the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research and the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.  Professor Chandran works in the emerging discipline of Regenerative Neurology, combining laboratory and clinical research to understand and work towards new therapies…

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What next for Scottish higher education after the 2016 Scottish Parliament election?

Scots will go to the polls on Thursday 5 May to choose who gets to form a Scottish Government for the next five years. With the campaign in full swing, and with just one more manifesto to be published, our Director, Alastair Sim, writes about what the outcome of the election could mean for Scotland’s…

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Inspiring our children to learn

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Children’s University at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh encourages children between the age of 7 to 14 to take part in out-of-school learning activities using Passports to Learning. In doing so it makes learning fun and raises aspirations and expectations of going to university amongst children from a young age. The recent report from the…

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Access to HE at home and abroad

Our Director, Alastair, blogs from Pakistan where he has spent the week with the British Council exploring potential partnerships between Scottish and Pakistani HE. Alastair Sim: It’s been a week of contrasting perspectives on widening access to university. The first excitement was the publication of the Commission on Widening Access’s report ‘A Blueprint for Fairness’. That…

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Gravitational waves: Scottish university research with global impact

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Professor Martin Hendry is Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Glasgow, and Chair of the Institute of Physics Scotland. He is part of Glasgow University team at heart of an international effort proving Albert Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves. Professor Hendry: On September 14th 2015, just before 10am Greenwich Mean Time, the Earth…

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UK policy on post study work visas: what works and what doesn’t

Maulin Buch came to Scotland from India to study at the University of Glasgow. After graduation he converted to the Fresh Talent visa that was available to international students in Scotland between 2004-2008. It allowed him up to two years to find a ‘graduate level’ job and settle into a career path in Scotland. Maulin comments…

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Lara Findlay & Josh Carson of Geared App share their experience as graduate entrepreneurs

It was a real pleasure to meet Lara & Josh at our Making it Happen event on entrepreneurship in November. They shared their experience as graduate entrepreneurs with everyone who came to the event and kindly offered to put their words together in a blog. Lara:  “GearedApp first started life in 2013.  Our team came together…

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Committed to transparency & integrity in our public affairs

Susannah Lane, Head of Public Affairs, looks ahead to the launch of Universities Scotland’s new website and the opportunities it provides to share more information about our engagement with Holyrood and Westminster. Susannah: Late next month we plan to go live on our new website. After seven years (seven years!) with our existing one we’re…

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Reach made the difference in applying to medicine

I’m Alice Holden, a third year medical student at Aberdeen University and I’m originally from a little village outside Fort William on the west coast of Scotland. Studying medicine is something that appealed to me at a fairly young age, which may sound cliché, but through  various experiences  in my life I became aware of…

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Game Changer Awards: Awards Winners Legacy Brochure published

Just over a year ago the Game Changer Awards recognised 30 projects in Scotland’s colleges and universities that exemplified the legacy ambitions of the Glasgow 2014 Games. Returning to those projects more than 12 months later, the legacy lives on and the organisers of the Game Changer Awards are delighted to publish an Awards Winners…

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