Education

  • Results Day – finding support and celebrating success

    5th August 2019 by

    Over the past few weeks, we have been celebrating the broad successes of young people in the Senior Phase, from S4-S6, on social media. The range of awards, qualifications and progression routes at all Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels available from S4-S6 is vast, coupled with the opportunity to experience learning opportunities through…

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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

    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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  • 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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  • Universities urged to do more to support the poorest students

    23rd January 2018 by

    Student outcomes inequality highlighted in latest Fair Access Commissioner paper. Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville has urged the university sector to do more to support students from the most deprived backgrounds throughout their studies. It comes as the latest discussion paper from the Commissioner for Fair Access shows the extent of the gap in retention…

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  • Widening access – Paula’s story

    16th December 2016 by

    At the event to unveil the Fair Access Commissioner at Glasgow University, the new Commissioner and Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville met some of the students who have been able to study at the university thanks to its widening access programme. Here, one of the students – Paula – shares her story….

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  • Commissioner for Fair Access

    16th December 2016 by

    Professor Peter Scott has been appointed Commissioner for Fair Access to Higher Education in Scotland. This was a key point in the report from the Commission on Widening Access published earlier this year. The Scottish Government has committed to implementing its recommendations in full. Prof Scott is currently Professor of Higher Education studies at University College…

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