Tag: International

Our response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s call for evidence on international students

Universities Scotland has responded to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)’s consultation, International students: economic and social impacts. The MAC was commissioned by the UK Government in 2017 to assess the impact of international students in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The government has asked the MAC to report its findings by September 2018. The contribution of international students to Scottish…

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Universities Scotland comments on extension of Tier 4 pilot scheme

Responding to the news that the Home Office intends to expand the Tier 4 visa pilot to a further 23 institutions for students on a Masters’ course, including University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow, Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland said: It’s good to see the Home Office expanding the Tier 4 visa…

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Scholarships worth a total of £6 million available to students from India

  Students from India studying in Scotland have access to more than £6million in international scholarships with over £1million ringfenced to specifically attract outstanding Indian students, Universities Scotland has revealed.   As a delegation of Scotland’s higher education leaders accompany Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney on an official visit to India, Universities Scotland can…

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Building partnerships between India and Scotland

Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland: “What a privilege to be in Mumbai to showcase the best of Scottish universities and build new partnerships between Scotland and India. “I’m out here with university leaders and the Deputy First Minister. The most exciting thing for me is how everything we’ve showcased has been about partnerships to…

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Scotland’s Universities Welcome India

A delegation of 21 senior leaders from Scotland’s higher education sector are accompanying Deputy First Minister John Swinney on an official visit to India today, December 1 2017. The mission, a joint venture between the Scottish Government, British Council, Scottish Development International and Universities Scotland, will meet with key Indian government officials, education policymakers and business…

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Universities Scotland response to the Migration Advisory Committee Call for Evidence on EEA workers in the UK

We have submitted written evidence to the MAC’s Inquiry on EEA workers in the UK. The Inquiry closed on 27 October. Our submission makes the point that Scotland’s universities are truly global organisations and their staff are drawn from across the world. Working alongside colleagues from the UK and from beyond the EEA, staff from the rest…

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Brexit and beyond: prospects for EU nationals working at Scottish universities

Earlier this month, Universities Scotland hosted an event in Westminster to talk about the value and importance of EU staff working in our intuitions. The event was an opportunity for Universities Scotland to discuss what we perceive as the priorities from Brexit negotiations in order to secure a good deal for our community of EU…

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No complacency in higher education as world rankings put Scotland amongst the very best

Scotland’s university sector has held its place in the world rankings with five universities listed in the world’s top two-hundred for 2018, according to new data published today. Another seven Scottish universities are listed in the complete set of 1,000 ranked institutions which represent the top 5 per cent of universities in the world. The…

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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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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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