Tag: widening access


Minimum entry requirements

Over the past 18 months, universities across Scotland have been working to review their minimum entry requirements as one of the sector’s actions in Working to Widen Access. In the coming weeks, prospectuses from our 19 members will be published where minimum entry requirements for applicants from an SIMD20 background will be set out. Alastair Sim, […]


Universities Scotland welcomes encouraging rise in under-represented applicants

Responding to today’s UCAS 2019 cycle applicant figures (January deadline), Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Today’s figures show that the work undertaken by universities to widen access is continuing to get results. Those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds saw a 2% increase in number of applicants, bucking the trend as applicants from other […]

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Universities Scotland welcomes Scottish Science Advisory Council report

Universities Scotland has welcomed a new report from the Scottish Science Advisory Council which assesses Scotland’s Science Landscape . Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland: “The report demonstrates that Scotland is a world leader in research. Examples of this are the fact that Scottish publications are on average 88% more cited than the global average […]

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Universities in Scotland making good progress on widening access

Responding to today’s HESA data release on Higher Education Student Statistics: UK, 2017/18, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Scottish universities’ commitment to widening access is intrinsic to the values of higher education. Universities have accelerated their work on widening access, and this is delivering results: a 20% increase over five years in students […]

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Universities Scotland comments on immigration white paper

Responding to the Home Office’s white paper on immigration, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “The white paper on immigration highlights many of the benefits that immigration provides across the country. However we remain concerned that UK immigration policy post-Brexit will make it more difficult to attract talent to our nation. “Mobility of talent […]

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Universities Scotland comment on the Scottish Government draft budget for 2019-20

Universities Scotland has responded to today’s draft budget announcement for 2019-20 from the Scottish Government. The settlement means a real terms cut for university funding, relative to 2018-19. Professor Andrea Nolan, Convener of Universities Scotland, said: “It’s very difficult to learn that funding for universities is going to drop in real terms by 1.79 per […]

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Made It Happen: Scotland’s universities have accelerated rates of graduate entrepreneurship

A new report, released today from Universities Scotland, demonstrates the significant contribution students and graduates make to Scotland becoming a ‘Can Do’ entrepreneurial nation.  The report, Made It Happen, highlights an acceleration of entrepreneurial activity amongst students, graduates and universities themselves, over the last three years to 2018, suggesting a strong culture of enterprise has […]


Higher and further education sectors’ joint statement on Brexit

Colleges, universities, trade unions and the Scottish Government have signed a joint letter which sets out how they will work together to protect higher and further education from the negative impact of Brexit. The statement – signed by Universities Scotland, Colleges Scotland, the UCU, Unison, the EIS, NUS Scotland, The Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Scottish […]


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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Universities Scotland comments on Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

Responding to today’s (Wednesday 26 September) Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, Alastair Sim, Director of Universities Scotland said: “Every Scottish university is committed to excellence. We want to do the very best for our students, our economy and our nation.  Despite our commitment to excellence, we’ve seen an overall fall in rankings for […]

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