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Response to Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee’s inquiry on immigration

Over the summer, the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee made a call for evidence to aid its inquiry on immigration. Universities Scotland value the role that immigration plays in ensuring that Scotland’s higher education sector attracts the highest calibre talent possible from throughout the world. You can read our response here.

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Success for Scottish students as UCAS figures revealed

New figures released today by UCAS, the admissions body, have been welcomed by Universities Scotland. Higher results day has seen a large increase in number of people from most deprived areas going to university in 2017. There has been a 13% increase in the number of placed applicants from Scotland’s 20% most deprived neighbourhoods compared…

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Ministerial Statement on Widening Access

On Tuesday 31 May, the Scottish Parliament is due to hear a Ministerial Statement on Widening Access. As part of that statement, Universities Scotland has prepared a briefing for Members of the Scottish Parliament updating them on actions taken by higher education institutions since A Blueprint for Fairness was published last year. Read the briefing…

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Learner Journey Review: Proposals from Universities Scotland

Last year, the Scottish Government launched a review of the 15-24 Learner Journey, examining the effectiveness and efficiency of the 15-24 Learner Journey for all 15 to 24 year olds. Universities Scotland has been playing a full role in the review which is considering  the 15-24 Learner Journey from the senior phase (S4-S6) leading to employment,…

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Response to Department for Education consultation on postgraduate doctoral loans

At Budget 2015, the UK Government announced its intention to review how to broaden and strengthen support for postgraduate research and subsequently published a consultation on support for postgraduate study. This consultation took place in November and December 2016. Professor Sir Tim O’Shea responded on behalf of Universities Scotland in his capacity as the Convener…

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Westminster debate on post-study work visas for international students (8 December)

On Thursday 8 December, Pete Wishart MP (SNP) is leading a debate on post-study work visas and immigration policy for international students following the UK Government’s response to the Scottish Affairs Committee report on the issue. Universities Scotland shared a concise brief with Scotland’s MPs ahead of the debate. Download that here. You can find…

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Universities and disability: 2017-18 draft budget scrutiny

Universities Scotland have submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee as part of their pre-budget 2017/18 scrutiny. The Committee was keen to hear about the experiences of disabled and British Sign Language users in Scotland about their experience of applying to university. Universities Scotland felt it would be useful for the…

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Members’ Business on Supporting Women-led Business in Global Entrepreneurship Week

As part of a Members’ Debate on Supporting Women-led Business in Global Entrepreneurship Week, Universities Scotland submitted a briefing detailing what Scottish Higher Education Institutes are doing to help support women-led business. The briefing contains information on research undertaken by Scottish researchers, how Making It Happen is making it happen and how Interface is assisting…

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Response to Apprenticeship Levy consultation by Scottish Government

We were pleased to submit views to the Scottish Government’s consultation on how it should use its share of the UK Apprencticeship Levy as transferred to Scotland from the UK Government. As employers, Scotland’s universities support the use of apprenticeships. We think the volume of apprenticeships available should be demand-led and we are keen to…

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Briefing for 16 June Members’ Debate on Rural Communities and the Post Study Work Visa

We have issued a briefing to MSPs ahead of Kate Forbes’ (SNP, Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch) Members’ Debate on Rural Communities and the Post Study Work Visa to take place on Thursday 16 June at 12.45 pm. We want to see a change to the UK’s immigration policy to allow international students, studying in Scotland, the…

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