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Strong performance by Scotland’s universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015/16

Universities Scotland has today, Thursday 1 October, welcomed the publication of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015/16 which includes five Scottish institutions ranked in the world’s top 200 – more per head of population than any other nation. Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said: “Scotland now has more universities in the world’s top 200 per…

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Game Changer Awards: Awards Winners Legacy Brochure published

Just over a year ago the Game Changer Awards recognised 30 projects in Scotland’s colleges and universities that exemplified the legacy ambitions of the Glasgow 2014 Games. Returning to those projects more than 12 months later, the legacy lives on and the organisers of the Game Changer Awards are delighted to publish an Awards Winners…

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Scottish graduates make sustained, strong contribution to Scotland’s economy with the lowest levels of unemployment in the UK three years on

Universities Scotland today (Thursday 27 August) welcomed the publication by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) of its survey looking at what graduates from 2010/11 are doing three and a half years after graduation.

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Three per cent increase in the number of Scots securing a place at Scottish universities

The number of Scottish-domiciled applicants securing a higher education place at one of Scotland’s universities has increased by three per cent in 2015 compared to the same time last year, with 24,000 placed applicants on Higher results day [Tuesday 4 August].

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Scotland’s universities proud to produce graduates with the best record of professional level jobs in the UK

Data published today, 25 June 2015, by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education in the United Kingdom for the academic year 2013/14 showed that graduates from Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions have the best record of professional level jobs in the UK. Today’s figures also show: The proportion…

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Good governance remains the priority for Principals as new HE Governance Bill introduced

As a new Bill on higher education governance is introduced to Holyrood today (Wednesday 17 June) university leaders said their priority would be working with politicians and stakeholders to ensure the final legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament is consistent with good governance with strong lines of accountability. Universities Scotland will give the Bill close…

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Congratulations to Pete Downes on his knighthood

Universities Scotland’s Convener, Professor Pete Downes has received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list published on Saturday 13 June. Professor Downes has been Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee since 2009 and is currently serving his second term as Convener of Universities Scotland. Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said: “Professor…

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Alastair Sim: Higher education must remain central

The seventh of May was an extraordinary night. A Conservative majority in Westminster and a landslide victory of 56 SNP MPs means the next five years promises to be anything but dull. Universities Scotland congratulates every Scottish MP, new and returned, and the SNP on achieving such a remarkable result. As higher education is almost…

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Commission on Widening Access – membership and first meeting

Universities Scotland has welcomed the publication of the full membership of the Scottish Government’s Widening Access Commission ahead of its first meeting today (Wednesday 29 April). The Principals of two Scottish higher education institutions – Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, and Professor Petra Wend, Principal of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh –…

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Scotland’s HE sector to pay staff the living wage

The Principals of Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions have confirmed that they intend to pay the living wage to staff. Each Principal confirmed their intention to pay the living wage at their institution during Universities Scotland’s Committee of Principals on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. Every member of staff covered by collective pay agreements at Scotland’s…

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