Delivering for Scotland: the third round of outcome agreements

This 2014 report marks the third round of outcome agreements in a little over eighteen months. The previous two have focused firmly on the future; what is to be delivered. Now that a little time has passed, this one gives us an opportunity to have first glance back and have a look at the early signs of impact.

As with the first two rounds of outcome agreements, the outcomes have focused on widening access and opportunity, employability and innovation.

Widening access

All measures for widening access have improved. This includes the number of entrants from SIMD20/40 neighbourhoods at university, the number of students articulating from college, and the number of students that start university from schools that traditionally have had low levels of participation in higher education.


The proportion of graduates in positive destinations within six months of leaving university has held steady at last year’s high level of 93 per cent. Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK on this measure.

Research and knowledge exchange

Universities have increased the income they earn from research and commercialisation activity. Income serves as a proxy for measuring activity levels.  Looking ahead, the focus is on the outcome of the research Excellence Framework; the results of which are due out in December 2014.

Key Points:

  • An addition 290 students from SIMD40 postcodes entered university in 2012/13.
  • SIMD40 students now account for 29 per cent of all Scottish domiciled entrants.
  • 3,500 student now articulate into university from college with advanced standing, up from 3,000 in 2011/12.
  • The value of research contracts won by Scotland’s universities has increased to over £369 million.
  • The amount of knowledge exchanged with business, measured by investment, has increased to over £435 million.


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