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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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HE sector bands together to take on global competitors and support ambition for 50% export growth

Connected Scotland, a new collaborative approach to promote Scotland’s higher education sector internationally, has been launched today [Monday 16 June] to support the ambitious goal of increasing the sector’s export revenue by more than 50 per cent in six years. The partnership commits eight different higher education organisations, enterprise agencies and funding bodies,[1] as well…

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Third set of university outcome agreements show progress across the board

The third set of university Outcome Agreements, published today [Wednesday, 14 May], gives the first glimpse of what has been achieved as a result of the first round, agreed back in 2012, as data is now available for academic year 2012/13. The Outcome Agreements show progress across the board with the majority of measures moving in the right…

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Universities Scotland responds to Scottish Government paper on Higher Education Research in an Independent Scotland

The Scottish Government has today, Wednesday 30 April, published a paper entitled Scotland’s Future Higher Education Research in an Independent Scotland. In response to publication of the paper Professor Pete Downes, Convener, Universities Scotland said:   “We welcome the publication of today’s paper which builds on the statements made on university research in the white paper…

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Scotland’s university performance on access and retention both make significant steps in the right direction

Nearly half of the increase in Scottish domiciled entrants to Scottish universities in 2012/13 were from the most deprived 40 per cent of neighbourhoods according to new figures released by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) today. Scotland’s universities saw an increase of 621 Scottish undergraduate entrants between 2011/12 and 2012/13; of these 291 were from…

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Universities Scotland welcomes positive HE Business and Community Interaction Survey results for Scotland

Universities Scotland today, Thursday 20 March, welcomed the results of the HE Business and Community Interaction Survey (HE-BCI) which showed an increase in graduate start-up companies in 2012/13 compared to 2011/12. Commenting on the welcome increase in graduate start-up companies, Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim, said:   “Today’s news that there were 152 new graduate…

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Curriculum for Excellence – A joined up approach

The recent media coverage around the new Highers may have produced some confusion and raised questions about how learners progressing to the higher education sector will be impacted. Parents and pupils can be reassured. Regardless of whether learners sit the outgoing or the new Higher in 2014/15, we can’t foresee any problems in regards to…

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Universities Scotland’s response to issues raised by the Scottish Government’s referendum White Paper

Universities Scotland has responded to two issues raised by the publication today (Tuesday 26 November) of the Scottish Government’s referendum White Paper, Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland. Universities Scotland does not have a preferred constitutional option. It is for the people of Scotland to decide Scotland’s constitutional future. Response to the White…

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Universities Scotland’s response to UK Government’s Scotland Analysis: Science and research paper

Responding to the publication of the UK Government’s Scotland Analysis: Science and research paper today (Monday 11 November), Universities Scotland’s Convener, Professor Pete Downes said:   “We welcome the paper’s recognition of the strengths which Scotland brings to the overall UK research and innovation eco-system. This collaborative eco-system transcends all borders and strengthens the quality…

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Times Higher Education University World Rankings 2013/14 a cause for celebration in Scotland

Universities Scotland has today, Wednesday 2 October, welcomed the publication of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14 which shows the strength of Scotland’s higher education sector with 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:  …

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