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UCAS figures show increased demand for a Scottish higher education nationally and internationally

Figures published today (Wednesday 30 January) by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that the number of applicants to Scotland’s universities by the 15 January deadline is up for home, rest of UK (RUK) and international students. The applicant figures to Scottish universities show: The number of Scottish domiciled applicants is up 2.1%,…

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Universities welcome extra places as significant boost to widening access

Universities Scotland today [Tuesday, 18 December] welcomed the creation of 1,700 extra undergraduate places at university as a significant boost to widening access. The places, which have been created specifically to support widening access, have been created to encourage a wider diversity of applicant to university and will be available for entrants in autumn 2013….

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Universities Scotland responds to comments made by the Home Secretary and warns that “actions speak louder than words” when it comes to international students

Universities Scotland has expressed its concerns over the announcement made by the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP in a speech delivered today (Wednesday, 12 December) that the UK Government intends to radically extend the UK Border Agency’s interview programme for international students coming to study in the UK. Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair…

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Outcome agreements demonstrate level of university commitment to deliver for Scotland

The Scottish Funding Council has today [Friday 7 December] published the full set of 19 university outcome agreements, agreed between universities and the Scottish Funding Council for academic year 2012/13 onwards. The outcome agreements see universities set out their ambitions to deliver more across a number of areas of activity including widening access to students…

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Universities Scotland comments on the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill

Universities Scotland responded to the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill, as published in the Scottish Parliament today [Wednesday 28 November], commenting that the Bill’s broad principles align with university values but that the detail of the provisions will require careful consideration. The Bill applies to both the further and higher education sectors and many of the…

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Universities Scotland comments ahead of publication of Outcome Agreements 2012/13

Commenting ahead of the publication of Outcome Agreements 2012/13, a Universities Scotland spokesperson said:   “Through their outcome agreements universities demonstrate the impact from Scotland’s public investment in higher education. The agreements show that all of Scotland’s universities either have, or will look to introduce, some form of contextualised admissions that takes account of an…

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Universities Scotland responds to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13

Responding to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13 published today (Thursday 4 October) Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:   “With four Scottish universities in the world’s top 200, we welcome today’s recognition of the strength of Scotland’s higher education sector in the Times Higher Education 2012-13 World University Rankings. It is clear…

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University student satisfaction in Scotland higher than in England and Wales according to 2012 National Student Survey

Universities Scotland welcomed the results from the 2012 National Student Survey published today (Thursday) which showed that universities in Scotland had a higher rate of student satisfaction than universities in England and Wales. Students at Scotland’s universities rated their overall satisfaction at 86 per cent. This compared to an 84 per cent satisfaction rating for…

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Universities Scotland responds to Johann Lamont MSP’s speech in reference to university standards

Responding to Johann Lamont’s speech on 25 September in which she suggested there had been a decline in the standards of Scotland’s universities, Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:   “We are incredibly proud to have five Scottish universities in the world’s top 200. Every university has been judged to undertake research that is of…

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Universities Scotland warmly welcomes draft budget plans for universities

Universities Scotland this afternoon (Thursday 20 September) welcomed the draft budget announcement by Finance Secretary Swinney, which sees a planned investment of £1,041.6 million for universities in financial year (FY) 2013/14. Responding to the budget, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said:   “We warmly welcome today’s budget as outlined by the Finance Secretary, which…

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