Education

  • Widening access to higher education

    7th February 2019 by

    On Wednesday 6 February, Minister for Further and Higher Education Richard Lochhead met with the Commissioner for Fair Access Professor Sir Peter Scott and other members of the Access Delivery Group to discuss progress on widening access to higher education. The Access Delivery Group is made up of key stakeholders from across the education sector...

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  • Higher Education Minister comments on #SupportStudyAbroad campaign

    6th February 2019 by

    Commenting on the Universities UK #SupportStudyAbroad campaign, Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead said: “Students and young people benefit hugely from studying, training or working through Erasmus+, with proportionally more people from Scotland taking part than any other country in the UK. It is deeply worrying that the UK Government’s inaction and lack of clarity has...

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  • Minister Joins International Students’ Christmas Lunch

    24th December 2018 by

    Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead got into the Christmas spirit at a festive lunch with an international twist. Christmas arrived early at Queen Margaret University as international students came together before heading home to the four corners of the globe. Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead joined the students for the festivities and also met with...

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  • Deputy First Minister John Swinney reflects on his week in India

    3rd December 2018 by

    Deputy First Minister attended St Andrews Day celebrations in Delhi and Bangalore

    I have just completed my second visit to India, and have been struck once again by the warmth of the welcome, and by the size of the opportunity for our two nations to collaborate. While there, I saw a great deal of existing cooperation – in business, education, culture, social enterprise and water to name...

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  • World University Rankings 2019

    26th September 2018 by

    Responding to today’s Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead said: “We extend our congratulations to the University of Edinburgh on again being the highest placed Scottish university, and to Glasgow, Aberdeen and St Andrews Universities on staying in the Top 200 world university rankings.” “By head of population, Scotland...

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  • Higher Education Minister firm on widening access agenda

    12th September 2018 by

    Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead has praised the University of Glasgow for its efforts to attract more students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Mr Lochhead made the comments after meeting students who have benefited from the university’s widening participation programmes which aim to break down barriers for less affluent potential students.  A record number of students from...

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  • Numbers add up as Maths Week kicks off with hundreds of events

    10th September 2018 by

    A maths magician, a guitar physicist and a codebreaking team from Bletchley Park are among the highlights of Maths Week Scotland, which starts across the country today. It is #MathsWeekScot 2018 and I am delighted to launch the first of seven daily puzzles I will be tweeting this week. For help, check out the videos...

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  • Results day

    7th August 2018 by

    For more than 135,000 young people and their families today is the most anticipated day of the summer as they receive their SQA results. I had the opportunity to meet just a few of them during a visit to Firrhill High School in Edinburgh this morning and again at a special SQA celebration for care...

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  • Minister comments on 2016-17 widening access statistics

    30th May 2018 by

    Commenting on the publication of the Scottish Funding Council’s Report on Widening Access 2016-17, Further and Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “These figures are a stark reminder of why this Government was right to take the action we did on widening access. “They show that in the four years up to 2016-17 nothing had...

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  • #IsThisOk?

    17th May 2018 by

    Yesterday, Further and Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville visited the University of Stirling to learn more about a joint initiative between the University and Student’s Union to combat sexual violence and misconduct. Here Jill Stevenson, Head of Student Support Services at the University, sets out how partnership working has been critical to the initiative’s success....

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