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Thousands of Scots get a place at university through clearing

New statistics published today by UCAS, the UK-wide admissions body, shows that almost three thousand Scottish-domiciled students have secured a place at university in Scotland over the last week, in addition to the 22,770 accepted applicants announced on Higher results day. The majority of these places will have been secured through the clearing system. As…

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Study in Scotland – student satisfaction with Scottish universities outstrips peers’ in universities in England and Wales

Results from the National Student Survey (NSS) 2013 published today, Tuesday 13 August, have revealed that full-time students studying in Scotland’s universities have a higher overall satisfaction with the quality of their course (86%) than students studying in England and Wales (both 84%). The 86% overall satisfaction rating for Scotland’s universities in the 2013 survey…

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Universities Scotland responds to the publication of the new Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance

The publication of the new Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance today (Thursday 18 July) by the Chairs of Scotland’s universities and the Steering Group has been welcomed by Universities Scotland. Universities Scotland’s Vice Convener, Professor Petra Wend said:   “The new code will be stretching and will require many universities to put new…

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Increase in applicants to Scottish universities mirror the trend for excellence

Figures published today by the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) show strong increases in the number of students that have applied to study in Scotland’s universities by the end of June deadline. There has been an increase in the number of Scottish domiciled applicants to Scottish universities, as well as strong growth in the…

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Scottish Funding Council seek new Chair

Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to public life? Have you got the skills to lead the reform of Further and Higher Education in Scotland? We are looking for an influential communicator, able to build and sustain productive partnerships, to lead the Council through a period of considerable reform. You will lead the delivery…

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Scotland’s universities offer their graduates the best rates of success in the UK

Data published today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), an Official National Statistic, showed graduates from Scotland’s universities have the highest rate of positive destinations in the UK, the highest starting salaries in the UK and the highest level of professional employment in the UK. Although this year’s data are not comparable with previous years because…

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Universities plan for significant step forward in widening access

The second round of university outcome agreements for academic year 2013/14 are published today [Tuesday, 11 June] with widening access made a central focus. Amongst the many new measures put into action, universities* are working to recruit to 727 additional places that have been ring-fenced for students that live in Scotland’s most deprived areas, known…

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Universities and small businesses team up to boost graduate employment

A new initiative announced today Monday 6 May will see universities and business organisations in Scotland team up to support and encourage graduate employability in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Universities Scotland, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland, student organisations and others will work together on a joint campaign…

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New code of governance set to make Scottish universities the most progressive in Europe

Universities Scotland welcomes the draft publication of a new code of good governance for Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions today [16 April], describing it as a progressive code which would set Scotland’s universities at the leading edge of accountable governance amongst all of Europe. Key measures within the new draft code include: New measures to…

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Comment on widening access beyond socio-economic status

Widening access beyond socio-economic status Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Universities take a broad approach to widening access which focuses on addressing under-representation of all kinds including the participation of students with disabilities and care leavers alongside those from less advantaged socio-economic groups. Universities will continue to approach their role in widening access…

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