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Opportunities from the Industrial Strategy

Ruth Meyer is a Senior Policy Officer covering Research, Health and Knowledge Exchange here at Universities Scotland. After digesting the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy paper, Ruth blogs about the opportunities that exist for Scotland. The UK Government’s white paper on the Industrial Strategy was published last month and there are loads of reasons to be cheerful….

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Response to Education and Skills Committee’s inquiry on Horizon 2020

Universities Scotland has submitted a briefing on the funding of Horizon 2020 to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee. The Committee, chaired by James Dornan MSP, asked for input on the future of the programme, which funds research and innovation projects across Europe. Up until September 2017, Scotland gained some €438 million in funding from the programme….

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Universities Scotland responds to Scottish Government budget for 2018/19

The Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, has announced a revenue budget for higher education institutions of £1,024.9 million in 2018/19 which is a 1.1 per cent increase in higher education revenue spending, compared to the previous year. This increase to the revenue budget should enable the real terms protection of universities’ Teaching Grant, which was our…

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Universities launch campaign to promote the real value of the Teaching Grant

Scotland’s 19 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have today launched a campaign, ahead of the Scottish Government’s budget next week, highlighting the importance of the higher education Teaching Grant. The positive campaign, the real value of T, raises awareness and understanding of the importance of the higher education Teaching Grant through the stories of ten staff,…

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Scholarships worth a total of £6 million available to students from India

  Students from India studying in Scotland have access to more than £6million in international scholarships with over £1million ringfenced to specifically attract outstanding Indian students, Universities Scotland has revealed.   As a delegation of Scotland’s higher education leaders accompany Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney on an official visit to India, Universities Scotland can…

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Building partnerships between India and Scotland

Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland: “What a privilege to be in Mumbai to showcase the best of Scottish universities and build new partnerships between Scotland and India. “I’m out here with university leaders and the Deputy First Minister. The most exciting thing for me is how everything we’ve showcased has been about partnerships to…

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Scotland’s Universities Welcome India

A delegation of 21 senior leaders from Scotland’s higher education sector are accompanying Deputy First Minister John Swinney on an official visit to India today, December 1 2017. The mission, a joint venture between the Scottish Government, British Council, Scottish Development International and Universities Scotland, will meet with key Indian government officials, education policymakers and business…

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Response to feedback request from funding bodies on Research Excellence Framework development

Universities Scotland has responded to a request by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for further input on the development of Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Following our response to the original consultation in March, HEFCE, which runs REF on behalf of all the funding bodies in the UK, asked for further feedback regarding staff and…

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HEFCE Knowledge Exchange Framework: good practice in research contracting response

The HEFCE-universities knowledge exchange framework aims to support a culture of continuous improvement in universities. As part of this work, and looking UK-wide, HEFCE requested evidence on good practice and key issues in research contracting. To read our response click here.

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No complacency in higher education as world rankings put Scotland amongst the very best

Scotland’s university sector has held its place in the world rankings with five universities listed in the world’s top two-hundred for 2018, according to new data published today. Another seven Scottish universities are listed in the complete set of 1,000 ranked institutions which represent the top 5 per cent of universities in the world. The…

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