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Connected Scotland and Scottish universities Going Global in Germany

Connected Scotland partners, Scottish higher education leaders and the Scottish Government Minister for Further Education, Higher Education & Science Richard Lochhead are in Germany this week to promote Scotland and develop strong partnerships with institutions and business in Europe and Germany as part of the British Council’s Going Global conference. A delegation from twelve Scottish…

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Universities Scotland comments on extension of free tuition for EU students

The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students beginning courses in 2020/21 will continue to be entitled to free university tuition. Students from EU countries will be guaranteed the same fee support as Scottish students, even if current legal obligations to EU students cease to apply when the UK leaves the EU. The announcement follows…

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Life-changing research at Scottish universities could be days away from stalling

Universities Scotland and Universities UK are calling on the government to take urgent steps to prevent Scotland from losing out on hundreds of millions of pounds worth of research grants if there is a no-deal Brexit. Academics across the country are set to find out whether they have been awarded funding from the latest round…

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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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Higher and further education sectors’ joint statement on Brexit

Colleges, universities, trade unions and the Scottish Government have signed a joint letter which sets out how they will work together to protect higher and further education from the negative impact of Brexit. The statement – signed by Universities Scotland, Colleges Scotland, the UCU, Unison, the EIS, NUS Scotland, The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Scottish…

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Universities Scotland submission of evidence to Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee inquiry on Article 50: Preparedness

Universities Scotland has responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee inquiry into Article 50: Preparedness. Our submission focuses on the issues that would arise as a result of a ‘no deal’ Brexit and the implications of such an outcome on our membership. Read our consultation response here.

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Our top priority throughout Brexit: people

This article originally appeared in The Scotsman on Thursday 27 September 2018. Universities Scotland Director Alastair Sim gives his thoughts on how Brexit is impacting the higher education sector. People. That’s our priority when it comes to Brexit. It has been since the vote came through and it remains our top priority whether the UK Government…

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Home Affairs Committee inquiry into post-Brexit migration policy

The Home Affairs Committee is undertaking an inquiry into what the post-Brexit migration policy for the UK should be. Universities Scotland responded highlighting the importance of migration for the higher education sector in Scotland. In our submission we highlighted: The UK’s decision to leave the EU offers an unparalleled opportunity to review the whole migration…

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Briefing for Erasmus+ debate in the Scottish Parliament

On Wednesday 16 May 2018, the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee hosted a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the future of the Erasmus+ programme. Universities Scotland submitted a briefing to MSPs ahead of the debate, highlighting the numerous benefits of the programme and highlighting the need for continued participation after the UK leaves the EU. You…

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Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee European Structural and Investment Funds Inquiry

Universities Scotland has responded to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee inquiry on European Structural and Investment Funds. You can read our submission here. Our submission outlines how our members interact with current European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) across a number of activities, including innovation and skills development, to contribute to smart, sustainable and…

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