Education News Team

Education News Team

Written 20 posts

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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New figures on higher education students at Scottish institutions

20th March 2018

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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Universities urged to do more to support the poorest students

23rd January 2018

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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Developing the digital skills to change career

22nd January 2018

Last week Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science Shirley-Anne Somerville visited CodeClan, the UK’s first accredited digital skills academy. Claire Smith, a graduate of CodeClan’s 16-week software development course, writes about her experiences as a career changer moving into the digital sector. “After University I was lucky enough to get work in an…

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Year of Young People 2018: making the voices of young people heard

31st December 2017

Emma Hunter, aged 20, from Dundee, is a Digital Modern Apprentice working with the Year of Young People 2018 team. On the eve of the new year, Emma writes about her hopes and ambitions for 2018. AS a young person growing up in today’s political climate I feel that anything put in place to help…

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Behaviour in Scottish Schools Research 2016

12th December 2017

The majority of pupils are well behaved and a credit to their school, according to teachers across Scotland. Behaviour In Scottish Schools Research (BISSR) 2016 is based on feedback from school staff and provides a picture of behaviour and behaviour management approaches in publicly funded mainstream schools.  The research shows:  The vast majority of staff…

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