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An ideal way to get back into learning and into university

Gary Donaldson shares his experience of articulating from college into a university degree. Articulation is a growing route into university. It allows students to use their Higher National qualifications to enter directly into the second or third year of university. In Gary’s case he started directly in year two of a degree programme after getting…

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Seizing the opportunities presented in the Blueprint for Fairness

Dame Ruth Silver led the work of the Commission on Widening Access over 2015-16 and its final report, A Blueprint for Fairness. The Blueprint, published in March this year, made 32 recommendations focused on widening access to university and reaching the First Minister’s aspiration that a child born in 2015 in the most deprived areas of…

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EU Referendum: the issues as they affect higher education in Scotland

Our Director, Alastair Sim, has written an extended piece for The Scotsman’s ‘Scotland’s future series’, considering the EU Referendum. Alastair considers the impact losing EU funding could have on scientific research in his piece first published on Thursday,  26 May.  Alastair: David Lurie is working on the next generation of MRI scanner. A scanner so…

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How your business can benefit from working with Scotland’s universities

Heather Alexander is Marketing Manager at Interface, the knowledge connection for organisations to universities and research institutions for the support they need to create and develop new products, services and processes. This free and impartial service has been designed to save businesses time and money in finding an academic partner and it has already helped hundreds of…

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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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