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Universities Scotland launches economic report

Universities Scotland position: Universities Scotland has launched a major report on how Scotland’s economic strategy should change in response to the new economic reality facing the country. The report, “What was/What next?”, offers an analysis based on verifiable evidence which offers a future direction for policy which is not simply an extension of what we’re…

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Universities Scotland appoints new Director

Universities Scotland position: Universities Scotland has appointed Alastair Sim as the new Director. Alastair will succeed David Caldwell on 1 July 2009. Alastair Sim is Director of Policy and Strategy at the Scottish Court Service, and has a career as a fast track civil servant which has spanned a number of government departments.

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Report of the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities

Universities Scotland position: The report of the Joint Future Thinking Taskforce on Universities was launched at a press conference at the University of Glasgow on 24 June. Commenting on the report the Convener of Universities Scotland, Sir Muir Russell, said   “There are some very welcome new proposals in the report which would give universities…

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Scottish Funding Council main grant letter

Universities Scotland position: The Scottish Funding Council has released the 2008-09 main grant letter. The higher education sector in Scotland is grateful for the resource which has been allocated to it. This will help universities to continue to make a vital contribution to the economic, social and cultural needs of Scotland. Universities Scotland continues to…

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Increase in international students

Universities Scotland position: One in five students are from overseas allowing institutions to collect £181m last year through international fees. Wider benefits are also being felt in Scotland with an estimated £172m fed into Scotland’s economy by the students. Recent research by Universities Scotland concluded that for every three overseas students in the country, one…

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Further funding for universities

Universities Scotland position: The Scottish Government has found an additional £10m for universities to help with current pressures. Sir Muir Russell, convener of Universities Scotland, said:   “This goes a very long way to addressing the cost pressures the university sector will face in 2008-09. It is also an encouraging signal of intent from the…

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Private providers applying for university status

Universities Scotland position: The use of the title university is strictly controlled in order to maintain the internationally recognised reputation of universities. There are tight rules regarding the use of the term university in the name of a company and also when applying to become a university. Businesses would be required to undertake a long…

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Additional £10m funding from the Scottish Government

Universities Scotland position: Since the announcement of the Scottish budget Universities Scotland has had helpful discussions with the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning about the cost pressures on universities in 2008-09. We were pleased to be assured that the universities were at the top of the priority list for any additional funding which…

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Salaries of Principals of Scottish higher education institutions

Universities Scotland position: The salary of each Principal is normally decided by a Remuneration Committee of the institution’s Governing Body, independently of the Principal and takes into consideration a number of issues, including comparative salary information from other sectors. The higher education sector in Scotland is a £1.9 billion business and it is imperative that…

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Plagiarism in Scottish universities

Universities Scotland position: The higher education sector in Scotland has an extremely rigorous quality regime in place in order to effectively detect plagiarism. More sophisticated methods are being employed in order to detect plagiarism and many Scottish universities use advanced plagiarism detection software. It is also important to point out that the factor that counts…

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