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We need a serious conversation on HE funding

Departing Universities Scotland after 15 years, Director Alastair Sim suggests there should be a serious conversation on funding that shares our national values, focusing on socially just solutions and holds common ground between the sector and government. As I leave Universities Scotland after 15 years as Director, I don’t want to focus on the past….

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International students critically important for Scottish jobs, growth and global ambitions

International students have contributed between £4-6 billion to Scottish economy. The graduate route is a win-win for international students and the UK. The MAC’s planned review of the Graduate Route visa must retain an internationally attractive post-study work route in the UK. Since 2019, the presence of international students in Scotland, supported by the Graduate…

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Increased research funding for Scottish Universities

The Minister for Higher Education and Further Education Graeme Dey has announced an additional £5.8 million to support research and innovation in Scotland’s universities, to be spent in financial year 2023/24. We warmly welcome this funding boost, which will support universities to continue to thrive in their world-leading research and the wider economic impact this…

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Scotland’s first International Education Strategy: developing positive links

Today, the Scottish Government launched Scotland’s first International Education Strategy at Edinburgh Napier University. We warmly welcome this announcement, which will allow Scotland’s world-leading universities to continue to thrive internationally and develop the contribution of universities to the Scottish society. Our International Committee Convener, Professor Andrea Nolan has said: “This Strategy has been highly anticipated…

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Joint Articulation: what is it and what are the priorities?

Last week, the Commissioner for Fair Access, Professor John H. McKendrick published his first annual report on widening access to HE. In it, he champions an alliance between colleges and universities as a means to achieving the access targets. Colleges and universities have been working closely together on progression routes at both national and regional…

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Fair access to university: Commissioner’s report for 2024

Today the Commissioner for Fair Access, Professor John McKendrick has published his independent report Higher education – renewing the alliance for fair access. This is the sixth fair access report commissioned by the Scottish Government. Professor John McKendrick considers how the framework for promoting fair access can be strengthened with twenty recommendations to help achieve…

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Claire McPherson to be the next Director of Universities Scotland

Universities Scotland is delighted to appoint Claire McPherson to the role of Director. Ms McPherson will take up the role on 25 March 2024; succeeding Alastair Sim, who has been Director of the body which represents Scotland’s 19 universities and higher education institutions, since 2009. Claire brings a wealth of experience shaping and influencing public policy…

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Scottish Government budget outcomes: tough choices for universities

The Scottish Government’s 2024/25 budget, published on 19 December has indicated there will be £28.5 million of cuts to the university teaching grant. This leaves universities with tough choices to be made as funding continues to erode within the sector. Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland: “The budget outcome for universities means there’s a need…

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Universities Scotland respond to the Scottish Government’s budget for 2024/25

Universities Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s budget for financial year 2024/25 which was published on Tuesday 19th December. For higher education, the budget means: cash cuts of 5.9% to university resource budgets (or a cut of £48.5 million) which primarily covers the cost of teaching Scottish domiciled students.* a 4.7% increase to the…

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Donation to Cara this Christmas

This year, rather than sending out Christmas cards, Universities Scotland have made a donation to Cara (Council for At-Risk Academics) in recognition and to support the important work they do. Cara provides urgently-needed help to academics in immediate danger, those forced into exile, and many who choose to work on in their home countries despite…

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