Tag: COVID-19

Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Government is planning to legislate on emergency powers in the event of future public health crises in its Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill. Universities Scotland gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People’s Committee inquiry on the Bill on Wednesday 2 March 2022. We submitted evidence to the committee…

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Universities Scotland’s submission to the Education, Children and Young People Committee on the attainment challenge

We have provided evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People’s Committee to assist with their inquiry on the attainment challenge. Our submission highlights the role that the attainment challenge will play in ensuring fair admissions to universities; the key role that better data could play in making decisive policy interventions as well…

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Universities Scotland comment on plans for blended learning in January 2022

Commenting on universities’ preparations for the new semester starting in January 2022, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, said: “Universities have been working at level zero since September, which is a whole level more cautious than required of other sectors. In response to omicron, we’ve stepped up that level of caution again in the last…

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Thriving Learners study into student mental health is published

The largest study into the mental health and wellbeing of students in Scotland has revealed nearly three quarters (74%) of university students surveyed reported having low wellbeing, according to the research published by Mental Health Foundation. The Thriving Learners study also found that more than one third of university students surveyed (36%) reported moderately severe…

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Colleges and unis unite for fair budget claim for students

College and university principals have come together to call on the Scottish Government to deliver for Scotland’s students in December’s budget. Audrey Cumberford, Chair of College Principals and Gerry McCormac, Convener of Universities Scotland have united in a call to the Scottish Government to deliver funding in the budget on 9 December to ensure college…

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Education, Children and Young People Committee to inform pre-2022/23 Budget Scrutiny

The Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People Committee each year undertakes pre-Budget scrutiny in its area. We have provided a briefing for members of the committee which summarises our full Spending Review case. Our summary provides the context for our budget ask as well as issues we wish the Scottish Government should prioritise in…

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Scotland’s SMEs boosted by university links

Universities are at the forefront of Scotland’s economic recovery from COVID-19 with their innovative partnerships with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) being given a special focus. As part of a UK-wide campaign from Universities UK, Getting Results highlights the ways in which universities are aiding sustainable economic growth through their partnerships with businesses, charities…

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Mental health and wellbeing is a top priority in the new academic year, say Principals and Student Union Presidents

The Principals and Student Union Presidents of Scotland’s 19 universities have issued an open letter to students assuring them that mental health and wellbeing is a top priority in the new academic year. The letter sets out to raise the visibility of general opportunities for wellbeing and preventative measures as well as more focused mental…

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Universities Scotland submission to Economic Transformation Advisory Council

Universities Scotland has responded to a call for evidence from the Scottish Government’s new Advisory Council on the economy. Chaired by the Economy Secretary, Kate Forbes MSP, the Advisory Council will put forward ideas on how to drive Scotland’s economic transformation as the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic. Our submission highlights the higher education…

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