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Universities Scotland is the representative body of Scotland's 19 higher education institutions. We develop policy on behalf of the university sector and campaign publicly on higher education issues.

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University principals ask the Scottish Government to stop and think about potentially damaging governance proposals in light of strong concern from civic Scotland

Business leaders, student associations and other independent commentators have added weight to the serious concern already expressed by university leaders at Scottish Government proposals to legislate on higher education governance.The Scottish Government has published an analysis of the written responses to its consultation on higher education governance today (Thursday 9 April). A strong majority of the responses, including a great many of those received from outside of the higher education sector, raise cause for concern about some or all of the Scottish Government's proposals. The balance of such serious concerns must be reflected in the Scottish Government's response. Read the full Universities Scotland news release

 

University Chairs commit to a minimum of 40 per cent of both genders on boards

The Chairs of Scotland's 18 higher education institutions have today [Thursday, 9 April] announced a commitment to achieve gender equality within the membership of their governing bodies, the highest level of governance within a university.The commitment to achieve a minimum of 40 per cent of both men and women on the governing body [2], with the remaining 20 per cent of either gender, applies to the board's independent members who are defined as defined as both external and independent of the institution and who should form the majority of governing body membership. Progress against the commitment will be reviewed in 2018 which gives the sector scope to deliver change as independent members typically serve for a period of three or four years with the option of renewal. Read the full Universities Scotland news release. The Chairs' full statement on gender on governing bodies can be read at www.scottishuniversitygovernance.ac.uk.

 

Advances on access to university for students of all backgrounds shows that taking a wide approach to widening access pays off

Figures released today by the Scottish Funding Council [Wednesday 25 March] in its ninth Learning for All report show increases in the number of students starting university from across a wide range of under-represented groups including: students living in Scotland's most deprived 20 and 40 per cent of neighbourhoods - up 10.1 per cent and 8 per cent respectively on last year; pupils from low participation schools - up 11.7 per cent on last year; and students who enter university direct from college with full recognition of their Higher National qualification - up 9.2 per cent on last year. Read the full Universities Scotland news release.