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September 27 2018
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All college and university staff given new resource to help them support anyone experiencing gender based violence

The launch of a project to support all college and university staff handle disclosures of gender based violence takes place at Edinburgh Napier University today (Thursday, 27th September) with support from the Deputy First Minister of Scotland. Over 100,000 cards have been printed and distributed to every college and university across Scotland so that staff […]

September 26 2018
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Universities Scotland comments on Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

Responding to today’s (Wednesday 26 September) Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Every Scottish university is committed to excellence. We want to do the very best for our students, our economy and our nation.  Despite our commitment to excellence, we’ve seen an overall fall in rankings for […]

September 20 2018
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Universities Scotland comments on latest UCAS figures

Commenting on the figures released today, Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland and Principal of Edinburgh Napier University said: “This is the data we all want to see. There’s more to do but there is a lot to feel encouraged by in today’s figures. The number of students from the poorest 20 per cent […]

September 18 2018
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Universities Scotland comments on MAC EEA report

Commenting on the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee final report on EEA migration, Director of Universities Scotland, Alastair Sim said: Our starting position with the Migration Advisory Committee was that staff from the EEA are a vital part of the success of Scotland’s universities. That remains unchanged. Today’s MAC report reaffirms that EU migrants […]

September 11 2018
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Universities Scotland comments on the Migration Advisory Committee report

Responding to today’s Migration Advisory Committee report on international students, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: Today’s report explicitly says that ‘international students offer positive economic benefit.’ If the government’s industrial strategy is to be a success it needs a vibrant higher education sector and it is impossible to imagine that without significant and […]

September 04 2018
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Scots support more flexible immigration rules for international students

New polling data on Scots’ attitudes on immigration shows strong support for easing restrictions placed on students from overseas (outside of the EU). Public support comes as our sister organisation, Universities UK, launches a new policy proposal for a post-study work visa for international students. The proposed arrangements would allow international students to work in […]

August 07 2018
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Universities Scotland comments on SQA results day

Responding to today’s SQA results and UCAS university placings, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Hearty congratulations are in order to Scots the length and breadth of the country on their Highers results and for the next stage in their life, whatever that may entail. “We have seen a 5% increase in placed applicants […]

July 12 2018
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Universities Scotland comment on latest UCAS 30 June applications release

Commenting on the latest release from UCAS 2018 cycle applicant figures – June deadline, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Universities are places of lifelong learning, and it’s encouraging to see an increase in applicants aged 20 and over. The 20 plus age group is also key to widening access, as we see increased applicant […]

June 25 2018
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Universities Scotland react to research and innovation funding announcement

Reaction to the news that the Scottish Government through the Scottish Funding Council are awarding Scottish universities £11.6m to help us compete for research projects alongside industry partners, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: This £11.6m announcement from the Scottish Government is most welcome. The money will used to support world-leading research as well as supporting […]

June 18 2018
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Glasgow School of Art devastated by fire

On the evening of Friday 15 June 2018, a major fire broke out at the Glasgow School of Art’s historic Mackintosh (‘The Mack’) building. Scottish Fire and Rescue Services spent the weekend extinguishing the blaze and fortunately, there were no casualties. The building has been undergoing an extensive restoration following the 2014 fire and has not been […]

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