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Universities and business unite in call for Smith Commission to seize the opportunity to craft an immigration policy that meets Scotland’s needs

Scotland’s universities and business leaders have united together in calling upon the Smith Commission to seize the opportunity and ensure that partial devolution of immigration policy is included as an additional power for Scotland in the Heads of Agreement to be reached by the end of this month. The staff, students and principals at Scotland’s…

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Higher education governance: University sector committed to excellence and accountability

University leaders today: Demonstrated the high standards of transparency, accountability and effectiveness of current higher education governance arrangements in a Code which establishes a ‘new normal’ of excellence Commented on the Scottish Government’s consultation about proposed legislation on higher education governance. Excellence in governance: report on implementation of new standards The Committee of the Chairs…

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Universities Scotland welcomes progress to widen access and improve retention

Universities Scotland responded to widening access data published by the Scottish Funding Council today (Tuesday 4 November) in Learning for All by welcoming the progress the report shows on access and retention. Learning for All presents annual statistics on widening access in the college and university sector. The 2014 report shows an increase in the…

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Universities Scotland responds to the result of the referendum on Scottish independence

Responding to the result of the referendum on Scottish independence, as declared on 19 September 2014, Professor Pete Downes, the Convener of Universities Scotland, said: “The electorate has made its choice and we fully respect the decision they have made for Scotland’s future. “The university sector is proud to be rooted firmly in Scotland and…

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Universities: the ‘can do’ sector

Earlier this year the Scottish Government published, ‘Scotland Can Do’, its framework to make Scotland a world-leading innovative nation. Universities are at the heart of that aim. A key sector of the economy in its own right, with an economic impact of over £6bn each year, Scotland has more world class universities per head of…

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Scotland’s students and graduates record phenomenal medal success as part of Team Scotland

Universities Scotland has today, Tuesday 5 August, revealed that 19 Scottish university students and graduates won medals for Team Scotland during the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The student and graduate athletes brought home a total of 23 medals between them, including eight Gold, nine Silver and six Bronze. An analysis published as the Games…

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Great day for Scots as over 1,000 more students accepted into university

Over 1,000 more Scots had secured a place at university in Scotland as of midnight last night [Monday 4 August] compared to the same time last year. 23,780 Scots had been placed at universities across Scotland, compared with 22,770 in 2013. This equates to an increase of four per cent compared to the same time…

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New analysis finds that more than one third of Team Scotland athletes are Scottish university students or graduates

Universities Scotland has today, Monday 21 July, thrown its full support behind Team Scotland for success at the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and revealed the high level of Team Scotland athletes with a Scottish higher education background. An incredible 114 out of 310 Team Scotland athletes, some 36.77%, have links to Scottish universities as…

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Scotland’s twenty-first century research breakthroughs on show to the world

The ability to transmit the internet through a light-bulb, a low-cost, portable eye examination kit capable of preventing blindness in the world’s poorest countries, new health advice for those with diabetes and the creative process behind the design of the medals for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. These are some of the research breakthroughs and…

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Scotland’s universities proud to continue to offer their graduates the best prospects in the UK

Official National Statistics released today [26 June] on graduate destinations by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) showed that graduates from Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions have better prospects within six months of graduation than their peers in the rest of the UK. The statistics showed: Graduates from Scottish universities had the highest rate of…

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