• Protecting young people’s voices beyond the Year of Young People 2018

    8th January 2019 by

    The lessons learned during the Year of Young People 2018 will be carried forward, Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd has said on reflecting on the year

    Scotland’s young people made their mark in 2018. A world-first project, Year of Young People (YOYP) saw the volume turned up on the voices of young people, creating more opportunities for them to influence policy and get involved. Grilling the First Minister in a special children and young people’s question time, showcasing their sporting talents...

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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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  • Guest blog: “Having our say was very important, especially in the Year of Young People” -George Wyeth

    28th November 2018 by

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney with Musselburgh Grammar School pupil George Wyeth in front of the school's insignia and motto of honesty, determination, respect

    George Wyeth is Grange House Captain, Pupil Council member and Sports Ambassador at Musselburgh Grammar School. As part of the team that ran a recent meeting of the Scottish Education Council and contributed agenda items, George’s accounts the experience here. Follow @ScotGovEdu On the 21 November 2018, Musselburgh Grammar School was lucky enough to host...

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  • 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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