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Scotland’s universities stay open and introduce measures to minimise impact of COVID-19 on students and staff

Universities Scotland has today [Friday 13 March] issued a statement on behalf of Scotland’s 19 universities and higher education institutions to offer clarity on the sector’s preparedness for the potential impact of COVID-19. Commenting on the statement, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said: “Universities have no plans to close. They are closely following the…

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Universities Scotland comments on new points-based immigration system

Following the publication of a proposed new points-based immigration system by the Home Office, the Director of Universities Scotland, Alastair Sim said: “Since the EU referendum, universities in Scotland have been clear that we need an immigration system that recognises the importance of higher education and the value that our sector places on being able…

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Universities Scotland react to Scottish Government Budget

Following yesterday’s Scottish Government Budget published in the Scottish Parliament, which saw a 0% change in real terms to universities budgets, Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland said: “This budget gives university funding real terms protection at 0%. The reality is that universities have no more money, in real terms, to spend on students…

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Staff, students and university leaders join together ahead of Scottish Budget

Universities Scotland, UCU Scotland and NUS Scotland have today (30 January 2020) written an open letter to the Deputy First Minister ahead of the Scottish Budget on 6 February to highlight the considerable challenge facing university funding as evidenced by three separate and independent reports to emerge over the last year. Over the last twelve…

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University leaders and staff and student unions issue joint statement to EU nationals

Universities Scotland, UCU Scotland and NUS Scotland have today (29 January 2020) signed an open letter to EU staff and students in Scotland to assure them that universities will remain open and welcoming to people and ideas from all around the world as the UK prepares to leave the EU. The letter, signed by the…

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Universities Scotland respond to Migration: Helping Scotland Prosper

Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s paper Migration: Helping Scotland Prosper, the Director of Universities Scotland, Alastair Sim said: “The attraction of talent to Scotland is central to our nation’s success, and the success of our universities. “We welcome this thoughtful contribution from the Scottish Government on how migration can and does contribute to Scotland’s…

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Universities Scotland responds to Commissioner for Fair Access’s report on postgraduate access

Responding to the Commissioner for Fair Access’s latest discussion paper, Access to Postgraduate Study: Representation and Destinations, Universities Scotland welcomes a conversation about access to postgraduate level study and supports collaborative thinking on improving this. Commenting on the report, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said: “Sir Peter said he wanted a serious conversation about…

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Business and universities pledge a closer partnership to drive Scotland’s economic growth

Universities Scotland and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) have published a joint statement of shared ambition for how organisations in the private, public and third sectors and universities can work together in new and closer ways to drive Scotland’s sustainable and inclusive economic growth. Both SCDI and Universities Scotland call on the…

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Scots back immigration policies that will help universities thrive, new poll shows

The overwhelming majority of Scottish people support immigration policies that will help universities to thrive according to new polling which Universities Scotland hope will influence the thinking of the next UK government.  The next term of the UK Parliament will consider changes to the immigration system as suggested by the Migration Advisory Committee who are…

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Universities Scotland response to Professor Muscatelli’s report, Driving Innovation in Scotland

Responding to Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli’s review of universities’ collaboration with business, Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland, said: “Professor Muscatelli’s report highlights some of the ways that universities contribute to Scotland’s economic growth and is focused on finding new ways to drive that role in economic growth even further. That’s an ambition shared by…

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