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Scottish universities receive strong report card from students

This year’s National Student Survey (NSS) results have shown that students studying at Scottish universities are more satisfied with the quality of their course compared with last year. Overall satisfaction with courses in Scotland has improved by one per cent since 2018 and now stands at 84 per cent. The figure matches the UK average…

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Universities Scotland respond to the second annual report of the Commissioner for Fair Access

Following the publication of the second annual report of the Commissioner for Fair Access, a spokesperson for Universities Scotland said: “There’s a lot in this report that’s designed to keep the pressure on universities and we’ve come to expect that from the Commissioner but there is also a clear recognition of the amount of progress made…

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The economic contribution made by Scottish universities

On Friday (31 May), Universities Scotland were asked to respond to comments made at a seminar about the economic contribution made by Scotland’s universities. Part of our response was printed in Saturday’s edition of The Times. The full statement from our Director, Alastair Sim was: “We’re all working towards the same goal, which is to…

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Augar Review recommendations: Any changes in fees in England has implications for Scotland

Responding to the publication of Theresa May’s review of post-18 education and funding (the ‘Augar review’), Universities Scotland is calling on the government and next prime minister to consider fully the potential consequences of the recommendations for universities and students in the devolved nations. Commenting on the report, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said:…

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Director reacts to Report on Widening Access 2017-18

Reacting to the publication of the Scottish Funding Council’s Report on Widening Access 2017-18, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Today’s annual report is vindication of the actions taken by universities to widen access over the past decade. Universities, students and wider society are benefiting from having more students from disadvantaged areas in our…

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Connected Scotland and Scottish universities Going Global in Germany

Connected Scotland partners, Scottish higher education leaders and the Scottish Government Minister for Further Education, Higher Education & Science Richard Lochhead are in Germany this week to promote Scotland and develop strong partnerships with institutions and business in Europe and Germany as part of the British Council’s Going Global conference. A delegation from twelve Scottish…

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Colleges and universities receive 50,000 stickers to help students experiencing gender based violence and mental health issues

A new resource to help students experiencing gender based violence and mental health issues has been launched at Edinburgh Napier University’s Bainfield student accommodation by the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science alongside the college and university sectors. Over 50,000 stickers, which detail specialist helpline numbers for people experiencing gender based violence and…

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The college-to-university route strengthens, with record numbers of students given full credit for their college study

New figures published by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) today set out a positive picture about the extent of collaboration between colleges and university to support learners to seamlessly progress from Higher National qualifications direct into a degree at university. Known as “articulation”, this route can support widening access and where possible, it reduces the…

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Universities Scotland comments on extension of free tuition for EU students

The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students beginning courses in 2020/21 will continue to be entitled to free university tuition. Students from EU countries will be guaranteed the same fee support as Scottish students, even if current legal obligations to EU students cease to apply when the UK leaves the EU. The announcement follows…

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Scottish universities amongst best in the world for social impact

Four Scottish universities have been placed in the world’s top 50 for social and economic impact, according to a new global ranking by Times Higher Education. The 2019 University Impact Rankings is the first in the world to measure universities’ impact on society, rather than just teaching and learning alone. The metric ranks universities’ ability…

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