Tag: Students

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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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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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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