Getting Results for Scotland

Driving economic and social recovery in Scotland

The past eighteen months has been a time of drastic change for the world. The impact of the pandemic on individuals, societies and economies has been severe and many of the effects will be felt for years to come. As we look to the future, and the kind of country we want to be, one thing is certain: universities will be key to building a fairer, greener and more prosperous Scotland.

Getting Results for Scotland shows the role that Scotland’s higher education sector is already playing in social and economic recovery through education, research and partnerships. Looking forward, new analysis by the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) makes predictions as to the diverse range of contributions Scottish universities are likely to make over the next five years, connecting universities’ demonstrable record of past performance with our aspirations for the future.

The case studies in the report span five themes from inclusive growth to addressing inequality and so demonstrate the many and varied ways that universities have responded to the pandemic and have been working hard as part of the recovery.

Key Points:

  • Over the next five years, Scotland’s universities are projected to provide close to 1.3 million days’ worth of training and upskilling – the equivalent of half a day for Scotland’s entire workforce.
  • By 2026, it’s predicted that universities will contribute to over £400m of local regeneration and development funding. The sector will also provide £1.2 billion of not-for-profit support to businesses and charities.
  • It’s estimated that in the same period, universities in Scotland will help establish 1,000 new businesses and social enterprises.


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