Tag: Economy and society

A Vision for Scotland’s universities in 2030

Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland, takes the long view and sets out our ambition for Scotland’s higher education sector in 2030: Graduation season is the perfect time to launch our Vision for Scottish higher education in 2030 because graduations represent a springboard into the future and a time full of optimism and energy. That’s…

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The economic contribution made by Scottish universities

On Friday (31 May), Universities Scotland were asked to respond to comments made at a seminar about the economic contribution made by Scotland’s universities. Part of our response was printed in Saturday’s edition of The Times. The full statement from our Director, Alastair Sim was: “We’re all working towards the same goal, which is to…

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Submission to Funding of EU Structural Fund Priorities in Scotland, post-Brexit

Universities Scotland have submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee’s inquiry into the Funding of EU Structural Fund Priorities in Scotland, post-Brexit. Structural funds from the European Union have been important for universities in Scotland. After Brexit, there will be a need to replace structural funds. The UK Government is due to…

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Scottish universities amongst best in the world for social impact

Four Scottish universities have been placed in the world’s top 50 for social and economic impact, according to a new global ranking by Times Higher Education. The 2019 University Impact Rankings is the first in the world to measure universities’ impact on society, rather than just teaching and learning alone. The metric ranks universities’ ability…

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Economy, Fair Work and Jobs Committee inquiry into Business Support

Universities Scotland have responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Fair Work and Jobs Committee’s inquiry into Business Support. The inquiry focused on the role that Business Gateway plays in supporting local business. Universities Scotland highlighted good instances of Business Gateway working well with universities as well as suggestions about how the innovation and support landscape…

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Universities Scotland response to Scottish Affairs Committee’s Scotland and Brexit: Trade and Foreign Investment inquiry

Universities Scotland has responded to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s inquiry into Scotland and Brexit: Trade and Foreign Investment. In our submission to the inquiry, we highlight how successful Scotland’s universities have been in becoming a key Scottish export sector, generating £1.65bn in international exports. Our brief focuses on highlighting the advantages of global trade with…

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Glasgow School of Art devastated by fire

On the evening of Friday 15 June 2018, a major fire broke out at the Glasgow School of Art’s historic Mackintosh (‘The Mack’) building. Scottish Fire and Rescue Services spent the weekend extinguishing the blaze and fortunately, there were no casualties. The building has been undergoing an extensive restoration following the 2014 fire and has not been…

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Further submission of evidence to Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee inquiry on Scotland’s Economic Performance

On 6th March 2018, our Director Alastair Sim gave evidence to the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee on Scotland’s Economic Performance. You can watch the proceedings below: width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> After the session, the Committee got in touch to ask Universities Scotland to provide more information about knowledge exchange funding as well as…

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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 the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy

The Scottish Higher Education sector warmly welcomes the Industrial Strategy and the recognition of the potential contribution of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to future economic growth across the whole of the UK. Scottish HEIs are committed to making our contribution to productivity and economic growth, and look forward to working with industry, Scottish Government, UK…

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