Tag: Students

Briefing for Erasmus+ debate in the Scottish Parliament

On Wednesday 16 May 2018, the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee hosted a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the future of the Erasmus+ programme. Universities Scotland submitted a briefing to MSPs ahead of the debate, highlighting the numerous benefits of the programme and highlighting the need for continued participation after the UK leaves the EU. You…

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Universities Scotland response to Review of Post-18 Education and Funding in England

The UK Government’s Review of Post-18 Education and Funding in England made a call for evidence which Universities Scotland has responded to. Our evidence focuses on student choice, specifically the ability of applicants to make a choice to study at any institution within the UK higher education system unaffected by policy for university funding and…

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Scottish universities better UK average for retention for first time in a generation

Responding to the latest HESA data release on non-continuation of studies, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: The fact that this is the first time in 19 years that the retention rate in Scotland is better than the UK average is significant and a cause for celebration. The sector and individual institutions have dedicated…

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Working to widen access: Jayde’s story

Jayde O’Connor is a fourth-year Psychology student at Glasgow Caledonian University. At our parliamentary reception on Tuesday 6 February, Jayde relayed her experience of the challenges she faced getting into university as a result of very difficult family circumstances in her teens. Watch or read a transcript of her inspiring speech: width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Hi,…

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Universities Scotland comments on latest UCAS application figures

Commenting on today’s UCAS application figures for 2018 entry, Universities Scotland spokesperson said: “Today’s figures show that demand for Scottish higher education remains very high. This means that there will be no let-up in the fierce competition for places amongst applicants. “We have seen a fall in applications from those from the most deprived areas of…

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Universities Scotland comments on Ministerial Statement on EU students

Responding to the news the Scottish Government will continue to fund EU students up to the 2019-20 student cohort, Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland said: “We welcome today’s news that EU students starting in 2019-20 will have the cost of their tuition met by the Scottish Government. We are delighted that the Scottish…

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Universities Scotland response to UK Government consultation on Office for Students regulatory framework

Universities Scotland has responded to the UK Government consultation on a new regulatory framework under the Office for Students (OfS) titled Securing student success: risk-based regulation for teaching excellence, social mobility and informed choice in higher education. The consultations primarily focuses on regulatory arrangements in England, it is vital that the OfS considers the impact of…

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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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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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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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