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University leaders promise the learners in the senior phase of Curriculum for Excellence will receive ‘fair and equal’ admissions to university

A report published today (Friday, 18th), which considers university engagement with the senior phase of Curriculum for Excellence, sees University Principals deliver a firm commitment to ‘fair and equal’ consideration of the varied range and routes to qualifications soon to be available to pupils in Scotland’s schools. This commitment will be of interest to school…

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Welcome to Scottish Agricultural College’s new principal

Universities Scotland today (Monday 2 April) welcomes Professor Bob Webb to his new role as Principal of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC). Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:   “I look forward to working with Professor Webb over the coming weeks and months as Universities Scotland continues to pursue key priorities for the sector. Professor…

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Universities Scotland welcomes steady progress on widening access

Universities in Scotland made greater progress in the last year on widening access measures than anywhere else in the UK. Universities Scotland responded to today’s (Thursday, 29th March) performance indicators for universities as published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) welcoming steady progress in the right direction. The statistics released today show the proportion…

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Universities Scotland responds to Ministerial statement on post-16 reform welcoming the collaborative basis for moving ahead

Universities Scotland welcomed Mr Russell’s announcement this afternoon on aspects of his post-16 reform agenda. Responding to the statement Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said:   “We share the fundamental belief that the learner should be the focus of and reason for any and all necessary change in Scotland’s post-16 education. Universities also share…

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Universities Scotland responds to review of governance welcoming further discussion of radical proposals

Responding to the publication of the review into university governance earlier today (Wednesday 1 February), Professor Seamus McDaid, Convener of Universities Scotland, said:   “We welcome the affirmation this report gives to the importance of university autonomy. It is reassuring that all members of the review panel attach as much significance to the continuation of…

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Universities Scotland responds to UCAS figures released today, Monday 30 January

Responding to today’s UCAS figures which show the rate of applicants by the 15 January deadline, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said:   “Last year around five per cent of English applicants applied to university in Scotland. What’s really interesting from today’s figures is that whilst the overall number of English applicants is down,…

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Congratulations to Professor Seamus McDaid, CBE

Professor Seamus McDaid,Convener, Universities Scotland and Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of Scotland has been awarded the CBE for Services to Higher Education in the New Year Honours 2012.

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Universities set to deliver in return for significant investment

Universities Scotland warmly welcomed today’s (Wednesday, 21st) indicative grant letter from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) for teaching and research in Scotland’s 19 universities for academic year 2012/13. The indicative grant letter translates the Scottish Government’s spending plans, as set out in September’s spending review, into academic year (AY) funding allocations for individual universities. Overall,…

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Breakthrough in university knowledge exchange to business as Scottish universities sign up to single set of contracts

Professor Seamus McDaid, Convener of Universities Scotland, will today [24 November] announce that Scotland’s universities have taken the unprecedented step of signing-up to a single set of contracts to aid the commercialisation of their research. The announcement comes at a conference on Scotland’s universities held in the capital (1). This step-change in process answers a…

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UCAS figures too early to predict student demand but suggest students are taking the time to carefully consider their options

Universities Scotland responded to today’s (Monday 24 October) UCAS applicant figures for entry to university in 2012, saying the figures come too early in the cycle to make accurate predictions about student demand. The only certainty the data can offer is that students are choosing to take more time to make their choices following a…

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