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Universities Scotland responds to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13

Responding to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13 published today (Thursday 4 October) Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:   “With four Scottish universities in the world’s top 200, we welcome today’s recognition of the strength of Scotland’s higher education sector in the Times Higher Education 2012-13 World University Rankings. It is clear…

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University student satisfaction in Scotland higher than in England and Wales according to 2012 National Student Survey

Universities Scotland welcomed the results from the 2012 National Student Survey published today (Thursday) which showed that universities in Scotland had a higher rate of student satisfaction than universities in England and Wales. Students at Scotland’s universities rated their overall satisfaction at 86 per cent. This compared to an 84 per cent satisfaction rating for…

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Universities Scotland responds to Johann Lamont MSP’s speech in reference to university standards

Responding to Johann Lamont’s speech on 25 September in which she suggested there had been a decline in the standards of Scotland’s universities, Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:   “We are incredibly proud to have five Scottish universities in the world’s top 200. Every university has been judged to undertake research that is of…

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Universities Scotland warmly welcomes draft budget plans for universities

Universities Scotland this afternoon (Thursday 20 September) welcomed the draft budget announcement by Finance Secretary Swinney, which sees a planned investment of £1,041.6 million for universities in financial year (FY) 2013/14. Responding to the budget, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said:   “We warmly welcome today’s budget as outlined by the Finance Secretary, which…

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Universities Scotland welcomes UK Government immigration announcement – international students to be disaggregated from net migration statistics

Universities Scotland today (Thursday, 13th September) welcomed the announcement from David Willets, UK Government Minister for Universities and Science, that the UK Government will publish disaggregated figures for net migration, reporting separately on international students. The Minister made the announcement earlier today, during his morning address to the Universities UK annual conference taking place at…

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UCAS stats show increase in rate of acceptances of Scots to Scottish universities

Commenting on today’s statistics from UCAS, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said:   “There has been a lot of speculation about university places this year. Today’s snap-shot figures from UCAS provide some necessary perspective on the current situation. Places available to Scottish students at Scottish universities have held steady. The conversion rate this year of acceptances is actually…

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Scottish universities are still open to Scottish students in clearing

A number of Scottish universities still have places remaining in clearing for Scottish and EU students for entry this year (as of Friday, 17 August). Clearing places are available to Scottish and EU students on courses as varied as business, engineering, science, computing and subjects linked to the creative industries. Clearing for Scottish students opened…

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Universities Scotland announces new Convener for 2012/14

Universities Scotland, the body which represents Scotland’s universities, today (1 August) announced the appointment of Professor Pete Downes as its Convener for the period 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2014. It was also confirmed that Professor Petra Wend has been appointed as Vice-Convener for the same period. Professor Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the…

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Universities Scotland responds to Citizens Advice Scotland report on graduate employment

Responding to the Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) report published on 27 July, Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:   “The results of the Citizens Advice survey are statistically invalid. The survey, and all media coverage to promote it, was deliberately and unashamedly targeted at graduates who have struggled to find work. Therefore, it is completely…

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Graduates in Scotland Have Best Employment Prospects in the UK – Motion S4M-03647 lodged in the Scottish Parliament

Graduates in Scotland Have Best Employment Prospects in the UK That the Parliament notes the publication of Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2010/11 by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) in June 2012; further notes HESA’s publication of Employment indicators 2010/11 in July 2012; welcomes the findings that Scotland had the highest rate…

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