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Briefing for Scottish Government Statement: Update on the Impact of Brexit on the Scottish Further and Higher Education Sectors

On Thursday 14 March 2019, the Scottish Government provided the Scottish Parliament with an update statement on the impact of Brexit on Scotland’s Further and Higher Education sectors. We took the opportunity to brief MSPs on our concerns as well as actions that could be taken by the UK and Scottish Governments to mitigate the…

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All college and university staff given new resource to help them support anyone experiencing gender based violence

The launch of a project to support all college and university staff handle disclosures of gender based violence takes place at Edinburgh Napier University today (Thursday, 27th September) with support from the Deputy First Minister of Scotland. Over 100,000 cards have been printed and distributed to every college and university across Scotland so that staff…

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Our response to Science and Technology Committee consultation on immigration and science

Universities Scotland has submitted written evidence to the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee to their inform proposals for immigration and visa rules for scientists. Our submission highlights the importance of non-UK staff to our universities’ science and innovation success and sets out key aspects of a future immigration system, as it affects academic staff and postgraduate…

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Our response to UK Government’s consultation on subject-level TEF

Universities Scotland has responded to a call for evidence from the UK Department for Education (DfE) on the design of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) at subject level. Currently, the TEF assesses provider-level undergraduate provision but the UK Government intends to extend this to a disciplinary level from 2020. Our response highlights the concerns…

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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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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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Response to UKSCQA consultation on the UK Quality Code

Universities Scotland has responded to a consultation on the review of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. The UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA), the overseers of higher education quality assessment arrangements in the UK, are consulting on a new approach to the Quality Code. The Code, which plays a vital role in providing a…

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Response to Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

Universities Scotland has responded to a request from Research Councils UK (RCUK) for input on the Review of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. The Concordat, which is an agreement between funders and employers of research staff to improve the employment and support for researchers and research careers in UK higher education, was…

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Education Select Committee inquiry: Value for Money in Higher Education

Universities Scotland has submitted written evidence to the UK Parliament’s Education Select Committee. The inquiry, Value for Money in Higher Education, invited submissions on issues such as graduate outcomes, senior management pay in universities and the role of the Office for Students. You can read or download our full response here. Our submission highlights the world-class performance…

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Committee of Scottish Chairs publish a new code of governance

Universities Scotland welcomes the publication of the 2017 edition of the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance. The code, which sets out principles and practices to ensure the effective governance of universities, represents a significant step forward in university transparency, inclusion and accountability. The safeguarding of good governance in HEIs is the responsibility of the…

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