Tag: Common good

Response to Professor Hayward’s Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment

We have responded to the consultation on the options for change as part of Professor Hayward’s independent review of the future of qualifications and assessment in Scotland. In our submission, we support the opportunity for learners to have diverse opportunities to meet their needs and interests as they move beyond school to college, university, training,…

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Cost-of-living and students

With the cost-of-living crisis continuing, we have produced a briefing for MSPs and others focusing on the steps being taken by universities across Scotland to support their students.

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Student accommodation briefing

The brief gives an overview of the range of actions that universities have been actively taking to anticipate and mitigate the pressures in support of their students. The brief includes a range of further actions institutions are keen to explore and a set of actions that universities would like to see Government and other partners take forward.

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New US lead for mental health

Professor Lynn Kilbride, Vice Principal for Academic Development and Student Experience takes on the role as US lead for mental health following the retirement of Professor Pamela Gillies, Principal of Glasgow Caledonian University. Professor Kilbride has outlined what her priorities during this role will be and the importance of supporting mental health services at university….

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Universities Scotland welcome appointment of new Commissioner for Fair Access

Responding to today’s Scottish Government announcement of Professor John McKendrick as the new Commissioner for Fair Access to Higher Education in Scotland, David Lott, Deputy Director of Universities Scotland said: “We welcome the appointment of John McKendrick as Commissioner for Fair Access.  We look forward to Professor McKendrick building on the university sector’s achievements in…

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Our response to the Scottish Government budget

Responding to today’s Scottish Government budget for 2023-24, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “The tough financial climate facing Scottish Government is clear for all to see. In that context, we welcome the fact that it has been possible to make a modest 1% cash increase in university funding, worth an extra £12.7 million….

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Universities Scotland welcome additional research funding

Universities Scotland has welcomed news of an additional £24.6m of research funding to Scotland’s universities. It follows calls from Universities Scotland to ensure the package of support to universities announced by Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on 21 November would reach Scotland’s universities. Elements of the earlier UK Government announcement were intended to…

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University dedication to widening access continues to reap results

We are welcoming new figures that show more people from disadvantaged areas in Scotland are applying and being accepted into university. The figures come from UK’s shared admissions service for higher education, UCAS, who have released its data resources for the end of the 2022 application cycle. The figures show that the number of applications…

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The economic impact of Scotland’s university research activity

We commissioned London Economics in 2022 to assess the economic and social impact of research
activities delivered by Scottish higher education institutions on the United Kingdom economy,
focusing on the 2019-20 academic year.

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Christmas donation to Who Cares? Scotland

This festive period, Universities Scotland has made a donation to the Who Cares? Scotland’s Christmas appeal #ShareTheLove. This is in place of sending out Christmas cards to our members and stakeholders. Who Cares? Scotland’s work, to ensure care experienced people feel loved, respected and equal, is more important than ever this winter. The #Share The…

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