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Universities Scotland announce new leadership team

Universities Scotland, the organisation which represents all 19 of Scotland’s higher education institutions welcomes Professor Gerry McCormac as its Convener and Professor Sally Mapstone as Vice Convener for a period of two years from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2022. Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal & Vice Chancellor at the University of Stirling, was elected…

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Universities Scotland response to research support package from UK Government

Commenting on the UK Government’s announcement of a package to support universities to continue research and innovation activities, Universities Scotland Convener Professor Andrea Nolan said: “I welcome the UK Government’s action to support research in universities across the UK. Research and innovation has been essential in the fight against the virus and will be an even…

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Scotland’s Recovery

Post-pandemic the university sector will be a key part of Scotland’s recovery. The world-leading research and teaching that we offer will be strategically deployed to accelerate the recovery. Scotland will face severe challenges as we look beyond the coronavirus emergency. Its universities will co-develop an agile response with government, agencies, business and wider partners across…

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Positive set of graduate outcomes for the class of 2017/18 in new data set

A new, “experimental” set of statistics showing graduate outcomes 15 months after the competition of studies has been released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for the first time today. The data confirm a range of positive outcomes for the graduates of Scotland’s universities including: 90% of graduates from Scotland’s universities were in some…

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Universities Scotland comment on Sir Peter Scott’s annual report on fair access

Commenting on Fair Access to HE: progress and challenges, annual report 2020 by the Commissioner for Fair Access, Sir Peter Scott, a Universities Scotland spokesperson said: “Sir Peter’s report reinforces that universities are not only on track but ahead of schedule to meet the 2021 interim targets on widening access. That’s a very positive position…

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Universities Scotland submission to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

Universities Scotland responded to a call for evidence from the Scottish Government’s Advisory Group on Economic Recovery, the body providing expert advice on Scotland’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The Group will bring forward solutions to enable a swift economic recovery and one that also ensures the Scottish economy emerges from the pandemic stronger and more…

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Colleges and universities preparing for phased return

Scotland’s colleges and universities are gearing up for a phased campus return for the next academic year as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted. When institutions suspended face-to-face teaching in March to protect staff and students, they were able to quickly switch to online teaching and assessment, providing students with equipment to access online learning….

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Education and Skills Committee inquiry on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education

• Universities Scotland is clear that universities will need decisive and strategic action from both the Scottish and UK Government to get them through this crisis. The scale of the financial challenge is greater than the Scottish Government can meet from its existing budget. This is not a political point and this is not a time for politicking. Universities want to work in lock step with both Governments and believe this matches their objective during this time.

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Universities Scotland response to Scottish Government announcement of £75m for university research

The Scottish Government has today [Wednesday 6 May 2020] announced a one-off £75 million increase in funding for Scottish higher education to help mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 on university research. Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland, said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s recognition of the role research and innovation will play in…

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COVID-19 will not derail universities’ progress on widening access

New data on widening access to university, published by the Scottish Funding Council today, confirms that universities are on track to reach a significant milestone of progress by 2021 and provides a timely opportunity for universities to signal that COVID-19 will not be allowed to derail progress on widening access. The data show that 15.9%…

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