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Five Scottish universities in the Times Higher world top 200 but universities face brutally competitive international environment

Responding to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-12 table published today, Universities Scotland congratulated the five Scottish universities that appear amongst the top 200 institutions in the world but warned that the results show a brutally competitive international environment for universities. However, amidst strong and growing international competition Scotland’s universities cannot afford to…

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Average RUK fee in Scotland is significantly lower than average fees charged by universities in England

Today’s (Monday 3 October) announcement by the University of the Highlands and Islands of its fee intentions for students that live in the rest of the UK marks the final fee announcement from a Scottish university. The announcement makes it possible to calculate an average fee payable by students that are ordinarily resident in the…

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Spending plans support universities’ contribution to Scotland’s success

Universities Scotland gave a very strong welcome to the Scottish Government’s three-year spending plans announced today (Wednesday 21 September), which included an additional £135.5million per year for university teaching and research in cash terms by 2014/15. Responding to the announcement, Professor Seamus McDaid, Convener of Universities Scotland, said:   “This is a very significant investment…

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Post-16 agenda laid out by the Minister puts universities at the heart of Scotland’s success

Universities Scotland welcomed today’s publication of the Scottish Government’s pre-legislative agenda for post-16 reform by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning. The pre-legislative paper includes announcements for universities, colleges and other aspects of the post-compulsory learning landscape in Scotland. Specific to universities, the proposals build on some of the areas discussed throughout the…

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Universities Scotland welcomes Government Economic Strategy’s clear role for universities in delivering growth

Scotland’s universities today welcomed the publication of the Government Economic Strategy and resolved to play their part in its delivery to the fullest. The Strategy identifies a clear role for universities in four of the six strategic priorities including: learning, skills and wellbeing; transition to a low carbon economy; creating a more supportive business environment;…

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Joint ‘Statement of Common Cause on Scotland’s Universities’ published

Universities Scotland, NUS Scotland and UCU Scotland have today (Monday 5 September) published a ‘Statement of Common Cause on Scotland’s Universities’ outlining areas where we share a common interest for a university sector which is at the centre of an ambitious, successful Scotland. At the heart of the work of Universities Scotland, NUS Scotland, and…

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Universities Scotland member RSAMD becomes Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

On 1 September 2011 the RSAMD changes its name to become the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This is a significant new chapter in the story of one of Europe’s leading conservatoires. Founded in 1847, the RSAMD now provides specialist learning to the highest professional level in dance, drama, music, production, screen and education. As these…

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Universities Scotland’s response to the University of Aberdeen’s fees announcement for rest of UK students

Following today’s (26 August) announcement by the University of Aberdeen on the level at which to set fees for students from the rest of the UK choosing to study in Scotland, Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:   “In light of the increase to fees in England, the Scottish Government has had to make some…

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Universities Scotland announces new Convener

Universities Scotland, the body which represents Scotland’s universities, today announced the appointment of Professor Seamus McDaid as its Convener for the period 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2012. Professor McDaid, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland sits on Universities Scotland’s Executive Committee, is closely involved in the organisation’s Funding…

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Outlook for Scottish graduates strongest in the UK

Statistics published today (30 June) by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) will make for encouraging reading for graduates from Scottish universities. The statistics show more graduates from Scottish universities are likely to go on to positive destinations than from universities in the rest of the UK and are, on average, higher earners. Graduates from Scottish universities are…

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