Tag: Ambition

University funding: the view from Austria

We are delighted to have a guest blog from Elisabeth Fiorioli, the Secretary General of uniko Österreichische Univeristätenkonferenz (Universities Austria). Austria was identified by the latest European Universities Association observatory report to be a system showing signs of growing investment in their universities. Universities Scotland remains concerned about the lack of sustainable funding for the…

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Universities issue call to action as report warns Scotland’s universities are a “declining system under pressure”

A new report published today [Thursday 21st March] by the European Universities Association (EUA) has categorised Scotland’s university sector as “a declining system under pressure” based on the pace of funding cuts over the long-term. The latest Public Funding Observatory Report 2018 compares the level of public resource invested in universities in countries across Europe….

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Briefing for Scottish Government Statement: Update on the Impact of Brexit on the Scottish Further and Higher Education Sectors

On Thursday 14 March 2019, the Scottish Government provided the Scottish Parliament with an update statement on the impact of Brexit on Scotland’s Further and Higher Education sectors. We took the opportunity to brief MSPs on our concerns as well as actions that could be taken by the UK and Scottish Governments to mitigate the…

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Universities Scotland responds to Knowledge Exchange Framework consultation

Universities Scotland has responded to a consultation on the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF). Research England consulted on the proposed design and implementation of the first iteration of the KEF, focused on metrics. This particularly focuses on the clustering of institutions for fair comparison, the metrics used to underpin the assessment and how the metrics are…

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University funding cuts deeper than expected for half of institutions

The Scottish Funding Council has today (Thursday, 28 February) announced its indicative funding allocations for universities for academic year 2019/20. This is the first time funding allocations have been published for individual institutions following the Scottish Government’s budget announcement on 12 December 2018, which announced a real terms cut of 1.79 per cent to the…

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Universities Scotland welcomes Scottish Science Advisory Council report

Universities Scotland has welcomed a new report from the Scottish Science Advisory Council which assesses Scotland’s Science Landscape . Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland: “The report demonstrates that Scotland is a world leader in research. Examples of this are the fact that Scottish publications are on average 88% more cited than the global average…

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Independent Review of Scottish Funding Council’s Research Pooling Initiative

The SFC’s pooling initiative was developed to support Scottish HEIs to establish collaborative research pools with the aim of growing critical mass of excellent research in Scotland. The pooling initiative will be reviewed by an independent panel. Universities Scotland responded to the call for evidence to highlight support for the pools amongst the sector and…

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Draft Scottish Government Budget 2019-20

On Wednesday 16 January, the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee will take evidence from the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget for 2019-20. We provided evidence to the Committee about our concerns related to the budget as currently drafted which we believe…

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Made It Happen: Scotland’s universities have accelerated rates of graduate entrepreneurship

A new report, released today from Universities Scotland, demonstrates the significant contribution students and graduates make to Scotland becoming a ‘Can Do’ entrepreneurial nation.  The report, Made It Happen, highlights an acceleration of entrepreneurial activity amongst students, graduates and universities themselves, over the last three years to 2018, suggesting a strong culture of enterprise has…

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New ways of delivering enterprise resources

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Universities Scotland is highlighting how universities in Scotland are embedding entrepreneurship and enterprise in students and staff. Across seven blogs this week, we have experts the length and breadth of Scotland telling their stories about how universities are contributing to make Scotland an entrepreneurial nation. We close this series…

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