Education

  • Adoption Week Scotland 2018

    23rd November 2018 by

    The Scottish Governmant aims for Scotland to be the best place for children to grow up and having a loving and secure environment. Adoption plays a huge part in achieving this goals. This week we celebrate the Adoption Week Scotland 2018 and welcome the guest blog post written by Fiona Aitken, Director of Adoption UK...

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  • Anti-Bullying Week 2018

    16th November 2018 by

    Anti-Bullying Week provides us with the opportunity to send a clear and positive message that bullying of any kind is totally unacceptable and when it happens, we all have a responsibility to address it. Building on the success of last year’s campaign this year’s theme is #ChooseRespect. And because action to address bullying is not...

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  • Student support investment at an all-time high

    30th October 2018 by

    More higher education students than ever before are receiving financial assistance from the Scottish Government, including through the Care Experienced Bursary. Statistics out today (30 October) show 147,920 full-time students received support in 2017/18, an increase of 3.1% on the previous year. Of this group, 53,620 students received a grant or bursary, up 2.8% on...

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  • Do not underestimate the impact of Brexit on research and innovation, warns Lochhead

    23rd October 2018 by

    Scotland’s Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead has warned that the impact of Brexit on research and innovation in Scotland cannot be underestimated. He was speaking following publication of a letter to Theresa May and Jean-Claude-Juncker signed by 29 Nobel Laureates, highlighting concerns about freedom of movement and funding. Mr Lochhead said: “This is a shocking...

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  • Deputy First Minister welcomes college support staff deal

    19th October 2018 by

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney has welcomed the £14 million pay and terms and conditions of service agreement reached with approximately 6,000 support staff in Scotland’s 26 colleges. He said: “I am pleased to hear that college support staff have voted to accept this pay, terms and conditions offer. The deal recognises the important contribution they...

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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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  • Response to International Council of Education Advisers recommendations

    21st September 2018 by

    The Scottish Government has accepted a list of far ranging recommendations from the International Council of Education Advisers (ICEA) to help empower and strengthen the Scottish education system and ultimately improve attainment. Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “We are fortunate to have the advice and guidance of the International Council of Education Advisers. They...

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  • Guest blog from Maths Olympiad Agnijo Banerjee

    18th September 2018 by

    As Maths Week 2018 draws to a close, we welcome a guest blog from Maths Olympiad Agnijo Banerjee. Agnijo won gold at this year’s International Mathematical Olympiad in Romania receiving a perfect score of 42 out of 42 in the 2-day/nine hour-long competition, he was one of only two out of 594 contestants to achieve a perfect...

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  • DFM joins Pitlochry pupils for magical maths show

    12th September 2018 by

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited Pitlochry High School today for a special Maths Week Scotland performance by ‘International Mathemagian’ Andrew Jeffrey. A professional magic show with a twist, the show was entirely based around mathematics and learning with tricks using numbers, shapes, money, mind-reading and illusions. "You are all smarter than a calculator" Andrew...

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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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