Tag: Teaching, learning and quality

Maintaining fair assessment for university students in academic year 2020/21

Scotland’s higher education institutions have offered reassurance to all students that fairness will continue to be a defining feature of assessment processes in 2020/21. A new statement by all 19 universities reaffirms their commitment to ensuring that student assessment, and the processes that lead to progression and graduation, are underpinned by the fundamental principles of…

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Universities Scotland response to Office for Students consultation on regulating quality and standards

Universities Scotland has responded to a consultation by the Office for Students on regulating quality and standards in higher education. The consultation includes proposals on new definitions of quality and standards and setting baselines for student outcomes. These new definitions of quality and standards would replace existing UK-wide definitions. Our submission highlights the importance we…

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Universities Scotland comments on latest UCAS data on university applications for 2020 cycle

Earlier today (Thursday 9 July) UCAS released data on all applicants to university for entry in autumn 2020. This data covers applicants of all domiciles (Scottish, UK, EU and international) who choose to apply via UCAS and have done so by the June deadline. As such, it represents the most robust and up to date…

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Scotland’s Recovery

Post-pandemic the university sector will be a key part of Scotland’s recovery. The world-leading research and teaching that we offer will be strategically deployed to accelerate the recovery. Scotland will face severe challenges as we look beyond the coronavirus emergency. Its universities will co-develop an agile response with government, agencies, business and wider partners across…

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Colleges and universities preparing for phased return

Scotland’s colleges and universities are gearing up for a phased campus return for the next academic year as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted. When institutions suspended face-to-face teaching in March to protect staff and students, they were able to quickly switch to online teaching and assessment, providing students with equipment to access online learning….

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Universities Scotland submission on the impact of Brexit on higher education

On Wednesday 18 September 2019, Universities Scotland Director Alastair Sim will give evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee about the impact of Brexit on the higher education sector. Ahead of the session, we submitted written evidence to the Committee which outlines our concerns about the consequences of a no deal exit from…

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Student survey shows huge support for the value of university education

New research shows that a large majority of students and recent graduates believe that going to university is valuable experience and are positive about the benefits of a university degree. Research by ComsRes for Universities UK found that students and graduates recognise that universities broadens their horizons, with 83% of respondents agreeing that university helps…

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Scottish universities receive strong report card from students

This year’s National Student Survey (NSS) results have shown that students studying at Scottish universities are more satisfied with the quality of their course compared with last year. Overall satisfaction with courses in Scotland has improved by one per cent since 2018 and now stands at 84 per cent. The figure matches the UK average…

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Augar: The view from Scotland

Our Director, Alastair Sim, reflects on the Augar Review of post-18 education and funding and what the recommendations mean for the Scottish higher education sector. Scottish university leaders have been waiting for the Augar Review with some anxiety. Their interest is much greater than you would expect from the Review’s very brief reference to devolved…

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