Education News Team

Education News Team

Written 25 posts

World University Rankings 2019

26th September 2018

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

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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Higher Education Minister firm on widening access agenda

12th September 2018

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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Enigma legacy lives on in codebreaking challenges

11th September 2018

More than 70 years after Alan Turing and his colleagues cracked the Enigma code, helping to save many millions of lives during World War II, their story remains an inspiration to budding mathematicians around the world. Throughout Maths Week Scotland students in Angus will be given the chance to step into Turing’s famous shoes and…

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

10th September 2018

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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Minister comments on 2016-17 widening access statistics

30th May 2018

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

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

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

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

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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