Engage for Education

  • 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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  • GDPR  – a change to data protection law

    24th May 2018 by

    The General Data Protection Regulations comes into force on May 25, 2018, giving individuals more control over their personal data, and ensuring that organisations collect and process that information properly and securely. To find out more about GDPR, visit the Information Commissioner’s website.

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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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  • Articulation in action

    17th April 2018 by

    Further and Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville today met a former roadie who swapped life touring the world with a band to train for his dream job as an ambulance paramedic thanks to a college access course to university. Chris Anderson, who is now studying for his BSc in Paramedic Science at Glasgow Caledonian University,...

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  • Equality and fairness at heart of college and university agenda

    5th April 2018 by

    Further and Higher Education Minister, Shirley-Anne Somerville, has put equality and fairness at the heart of her guidance to universities and colleges for 2018-19. Setting out her expectations for the sector in the letter of guidance to the Scottish Funding Council, published today, the Minister said that continued progress in implementing the recommendations of the...

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  • Minister praises introduction of access thresholds at Abertay University

    28th March 2018 by

    Further and Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville has said that Abertay University’s early introduction of access thresholds for students from disadvantaged backgrounds should be seen “as an example” for other institutions. Great to welcome @S_A_Somerville to discuss #wideningaccess and to meet students who have benefited from Abertay’s ongoing commitment to reducing inequalities in #HE https://t.co/fXtwLreqA9 pic.twitter.com/JavwtEaXyT —...

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  • Adverse Childhood Experiences

    26th March 2018 by

    Today Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, will host an event  bringing together Government Ministers and key stakeholders with an interest in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). More than 80 experts working across Scotland in all of the main sectors affected by ACEs will take part in discussions aimed at understanding...

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  • New figures on higher education students at Scottish institutions

    20th March 2018 by

    New figures have been published today by the Scottish Funding Council examining the higher education sector in Scotland in 2016-17. Read the key points from the publication: Commenting on the figures, Further and Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “It is welcome to see in these latest statistics that we have a record number of post-graduate...

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  • One year on – what’s happened since the first annual Cabinet meeting with children & young people?

    15th February 2018 by

    I am delighted to publish our progress report on the actions agreed at our first annual Cabinet meeting with children and young people, which took place on 28 February 2017 at Bute House. Representatives from the Children’s Parliament and Scottish Youth Parliament attended this meeting and raised issues that were important to them. A short...

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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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