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Universities plan for significant step forward in widening access

The second round of university outcome agreements for academic year 2013/14 are published today [Tuesday, 11 June] with widening access made a central focus. Amongst the many new measures put into action, universities* are working to recruit to 727 additional places that have been ring-fenced for students that live in Scotland’s most deprived areas, known…

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Universities and small businesses team up to boost graduate employment

A new initiative announced today Monday 6 May will see universities and business organisations in Scotland team up to support and encourage graduate employability in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Universities Scotland, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses Scotland, student organisations and others will work together on a joint campaign…

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New code of governance set to make Scottish universities the most progressive in Europe

Universities Scotland welcomes the draft publication of a new code of good governance for Scotland’s 19 higher education institutions today [16 April], describing it as a progressive code which would set Scotland’s universities at the leading edge of accountable governance amongst all of Europe. Key measures within the new draft code include: New measures to…

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Comment on widening access beyond socio-economic status

Widening access beyond socio-economic status Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Universities take a broad approach to widening access which focuses on addressing under-representation of all kinds including the participation of students with disabilities and care leavers alongside those from less advantaged socio-economic groups. Universities will continue to approach their role in widening access…

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Widening access: HESA Performance Indicators fail to capture universities’ significant step-up on access over the last year

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has today, Wednesday 21 March, published a data set of performance indicators for entrants to university from state schools and from social classes NS-SEC 4,5,6 and 7 in academic year 201/12. However, the time-lag on today’s data means that it cannot record the impact of a range of significant…

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UCAS figures show increased demand for a Scottish higher education nationally and internationally

Figures published today (Wednesday 30 January) by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that the number of applicants to Scotland’s universities by the 15 January deadline is up for home, rest of UK (RUK) and international students. The applicant figures to Scottish universities show: The number of Scottish domiciled applicants is up 2.1%,…

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Universities welcome extra places as significant boost to widening access

Universities Scotland today [Tuesday, 18 December] welcomed the creation of 1,700 extra undergraduate places at university as a significant boost to widening access. The places, which have been created specifically to support widening access, have been created to encourage a wider diversity of applicant to university and will be available for entrants in autumn 2013….

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Universities Scotland responds to comments made by the Home Secretary and warns that “actions speak louder than words” when it comes to international students

Universities Scotland has expressed its concerns over the announcement made by the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP in a speech delivered today (Wednesday, 12 December) that the UK Government intends to radically extend the UK Border Agency’s interview programme for international students coming to study in the UK. Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair…

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Outcome agreements demonstrate level of university commitment to deliver for Scotland

The Scottish Funding Council has today [Friday 7 December] published the full set of 19 university outcome agreements, agreed between universities and the Scottish Funding Council for academic year 2012/13 onwards. The outcome agreements see universities set out their ambitions to deliver more across a number of areas of activity including widening access to students…

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Universities Scotland comments on the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill

Universities Scotland responded to the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill, as published in the Scottish Parliament today [Wednesday 28 November], commenting that the Bill’s broad principles align with university values but that the detail of the provisions will require careful consideration. The Bill applies to both the further and higher education sectors and many of the…

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