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Thriving Learners results will be invaluable

Professor Pamela Gillies is the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University and Lead Member for Mental Health at Universities Scotland. She has written for Universities Scotland on the publication of new research from Mental Health Foundation about student mental health. The Thriving Learners research study into student mental health from the Mental Health Foundation…

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Thriving Learners study into student mental health is published

The largest study into the mental health and wellbeing of students in Scotland has revealed nearly three quarters (74%) of university students surveyed reported having low wellbeing, according to the research published by Mental Health Foundation. The Thriving Learners study also found that more than one third of university students surveyed (36%) reported moderately severe…

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Colleges and unis unite for fair budget claim for students

College and university principals have come together to call on the Scottish Government to deliver for Scotland’s students in December’s budget. Audrey Cumberford, Chair of College Principals and Gerry McCormac, Convener of Universities Scotland have united in a call to the Scottish Government to deliver funding in the budget on 9 December to ensure college…

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Scotland’s SMEs boosted by university links

Universities are at the forefront of Scotland’s economic recovery from COVID-19 with their innovative partnerships with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) being given a special focus. As part of a UK-wide campaign from Universities UK, Getting Results highlights the ways in which universities are aiding sustainable economic growth through their partnerships with businesses, charities…

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Widening access: Schools outreach is absolutely vital

On Tuesday 28 September 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, hosted a group discussion with university students to celebrate the higher education sector’s achievement of the interim widening access target set by the Scottish Government. Mitchell is a second-year student who applied to the University of St Andrews as a result of…

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Widening access: “Everybody’s got the right to higher education”

On Tuesday 28 September 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, hosted a group discussion with university students to celebrate the higher education sector’s achievement of the interim widening access target set by the Scottish Government. Hazel is a student at Edinburgh Napier University who gained entry through the access to nursing programme. Hazel says…

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Widening access: “Going to university is one of the best choices I’ve ever made”

On Tuesday 28 September 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, hosted a group discussion with university students to celebrate the higher education sector’s achievement of the interim widening access target set by the Scottish Government. Ryan, a Masters student at Heriot-Watt University, participated in the discussion and said that applying to…

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University sector celebrates widening access progress with the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, has met with university students to celebrate the higher education sector’s achievement of the interim widening access target set by the Scottish Government. Ms Somerville hosted a group discussion with students whose routes into university are considered non-traditional as a way of recognising the sector’s…

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Mental health and wellbeing is a top priority in the new academic year, say Principals and Student Union Presidents

The Principals and Student Union Presidents of Scotland’s 19 universities have issued an open letter to students assuring them that mental health and wellbeing is a top priority in the new academic year. The letter sets out to raise the visibility of general opportunities for wellbeing and preventative measures as well as more focused mental…

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Universities Scotland respond to Results Day across the UK

Universities Scotland has welcomed the publication of exam results across the country in what has been a very challenging time for school and college learners. Today’s UCAS data show: An increase in the entry rate of Scottish domiciled 18-year-olds going to university at 28% (an increase from 26.4% in 2020). A 12% increase in Scottish-domiciled…

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