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Universities Scotland’s response to the University of Aberdeen’s fees announcement for rest of UK students

Following today’s (26 August) announcement by the University of Aberdeen on the level at which to set fees for students from the rest of the UK choosing to study in Scotland, Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:   “In light of the increase to fees in England, the Scottish Government has had to make some…

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Universities Scotland announces new Convener

Universities Scotland, the body which represents Scotland’s universities, today announced the appointment of Professor Seamus McDaid as its Convener for the period 1 August 2011 to 31 July 2012. Professor McDaid, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland sits on Universities Scotland’s Executive Committee, is closely involved in the organisation’s Funding…

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Outlook for Scottish graduates strongest in the UK

Statistics published today (30 June) by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) will make for encouraging reading for graduates from Scottish universities. The statistics show more graduates from Scottish universities are likely to go on to positive destinations than from universities in the rest of the UK and are, on average, higher earners. Graduates from Scottish universities are…

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Fees for Rest-of-UK students: Scottish Government has made a tough choice but the right choice

Universities responded to today’s announcement from the Cabinet Secretary for Education, which, most significantly, included proposals which will permit universities to change the fees paid by students from the rest of the UK who choose to study at university in Scotland. The plans, laid out by Mr Russell, enable Scotland’s universities to determine the fee-levels…

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Universities Scotland responds to announcement on university governance in today’s Scottish Parliament education debate

Responding to the Education Secretary’s announcement to set up a five-person panel to look at university governance, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said:   “We welcome this review and the opportunity it presents to work with staff and students on the important issue of university governance. Universities Scotland has already been talking very constructively…

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Universities look to put the public at centre of research

Principals and staff from Scotland’s universities will meet with MSPs from all parties in the Scottish Parliament today (Wednesday, 15 June) to focus on the wider value of university research and the importance of involving members of the public with this work. Putting issues of funding to one side, a group of Principals and staff…

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Universities Scotland responds to HESA’s publication of Performance Indicators on access to university and non-continuation

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has published its set of performance indicators that track UK universities’ performance on widening access to non-traditional students as well as the non-continuation rates of students at undergraduate level. Responding to the results, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said: On non-continuation rates:   “Retention rates at university are…

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Universities Scotland responds to Home Secretary’s statement on student visas

Responding to the UK Government’s (22 March) announcement on changes to the student visa system, Universities Scotland welcomed the fact that the worst of the proposals had been dropped and the impact on international students numbers coming to study at university will not be as badly affected as first feared. However, the closure of the…

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Welcome to Robert Gordon University’s new principal

Universities Scotland today (Monday 21 March) welcomes Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski to his new role as Principal of Robert Gordon University. Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:   “I look forward to working with Professor von Prondzynski over the coming weeks and months as Universities Scotland continues to pursue key priorities for the sector. I…

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Universities Scotland urges Funding Council to reconsider £3 million of cuts to ‘globally recognised’ research pooling programme

Responding to today’s (Friday) publication of the Scottish Funding Council’s Main Grant Letter for universities, Universities Scotland urged the Funding Council to think again, warning that the proposed £3 million cut to research pools will damage this highly successful collaborative research initiative. Research pooling has been a huge success for Scotland’s universities. Working collaboratively to…

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