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Universities Scotland responds to party announcements on future funding of universities

Following Friday’s (4 March) announcement by the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Tavish Scott, and the announcement by the Scottish Labour Party leader, Iain Gray, Universities Scotland’s Director, Alastair Sim said:   “Political parties need to enter the election period with a solid and urgent commitment to maintaining internationally competitive Scottish universities, wide access…

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As report shows an annual funding gap of at least £200 million, university leaders say responsibility for the Scottish solution must now pass to politicians

University stakeholders learned today that Scotland’s universities will face a teaching funding gap of at least £200 million a year, as a result of changes to the way universities in England are funded. The report of the Green Paper’s expert technical group was published today (28 February) a day ahead of the HE Summit on…

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Universities Scotland publishes summary response to Scottish Government’s Green Paper

Ahead of the closing date for responses to the Scottish Government’s Green Paper on 25 February, Universities Scotland submits its summary response to the Green Paper and urges politicians not to rule out options for a Scottish solution until they have had a chance to consider the figures produced by the Green Paper’s technical group….

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University of the Highlands and Islands

Universities Scotland welcomes the news today that one of its members has been confirmed as Scotland’s newest university. Following confirmation from the Privy Council, the milestone will be marked by celebrations at several UHI locations. UHI principal and vice-chancellor, James Fraser, said:   “I must pay tribute to all of our students, staff and supporters…

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Universities Scotland welcomes green paper on university funding but warns of the need for solid answers to difficult questions

Responding to the launch of the ‘green paper’ on a sustainable Scottish solution to university funding, Professor Bernard King CBE, Convener of Universities Scotland said:   “We welcome today’s green paper as a step closer to what is now an urgently needed solution to university funding. We will look to engage with it openly and…

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Universities Scotland publishes revised Race Equality Toolkit

Universities Scotland is pleased to announce the online publication of its revised Race Equality Toolkit: Learning and Teaching. First published in 2006, the revised Toolkit has been updated to reflect the legislative changes introduced by the Equality Act 2010, and is more sharply focused on internationalisation of the learning and teaching environment at Scotland’s universities….

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Universities Scotland responds to potentially damaging Migration Advisory Committee report

Professor Bernard King CBE, Convener of Universities Scotland, wrote to the Secretary of State for Scotland on 19 November to highlight Universities Scotland’s concerns about potential changes to the UK’s immigration policy following the Migration Advisory Committee’s report on annual limits on economic migration of skilled and highly skilled workers. In his letter, Professor King…

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Scotland’s universities contribute £6 billion GVA to Scotland’s economy

New research shows that Scotland’s 20 universities have an economic impact worth over £6 billion gross value added. The university sector supports a total of 150,000 jobs in Scotland directly and indirectly; around 70 per cent of which are not employed in universities. The research was carried out by Biggar Economics. Download Biggar Economics’ The…

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Universities Scotland launches economic report

Universities Scotland position: Universities Scotland has launched a major report on how Scotland’s economic strategy should change in response to the new economic reality facing the country. The report, “What was/What next?”, offers an analysis based on verifiable evidence which offers a future direction for policy which is not simply an extension of what we’re…

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Universities Scotland appoints new Director

Universities Scotland position: Universities Scotland has appointed Alastair Sim as the new Director. Alastair will succeed David Caldwell on 1 July 2009. Alastair Sim is Director of Policy and Strategy at the Scottish Court Service, and has a career as a fast track civil servant which has spanned a number of government departments.

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