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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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Universities Scotland takes positive case for overseas students studying in Scotland to UK Parliament with launch of new report

New report underlines the social, cultural and educational value of overseas students to Scotland Universities Scotland launches a new report today (Tuesday 3 September) on the social, cultural and educational value of international students to Scotland. The report will be taken to MPs at Westminster, as part of a reception hosted by Universities Scotland and…

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Full extent of universities’ economic contribution revealed as report shows universities play a role in close to half of all foreign direct investment into Scotland

A report, Grow Export Attract Support, published today [Monday, 2 September] by Universities Scotland sets out a new framework showing the full extent of universities’ economic contribution to Scotland. New to this framework is recognition of the role that universities play in the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Scotland. Universities are amongst the…

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Strong career starts for Scottish graduates with the lowest levels of unemployment in the UK three years on

Universities Scotland today (Thursday 29 August) welcomed the publication by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) of its survey looking at what graduates from 2008/09 are doing three and a half years after graduation. According to the survey, UK domiciled graduates from Scotland’s universities had the lowest levels of assumed unemployment at 2.5% compared to…

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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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