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Universities move to cut the number of zero-hours contracts

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Universities have pledged to take action over zero-hours contracts after concerns over thousands of teaching and research staff hired on such deals. A Sunday Herald survey found Edinburgh University and Queen Margaret University have already “significantly” cut the number of such contracts. The University of the West of Scotland and Aberdeen and Glasgow universities said they were actively looking at ... Read More »

Independence: ‘Neutral’ universities to quit CBI

University of Edinburgh

BY SCOTT MACNAB Three of Scotland’s oldest universities have today announced they are quitting business organisation CBI over its support for the No campaign in the referendum. The Universities of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh say they are pulling out because they must be seen to have a “strictly neutral position” on the constitutional debate. They could be joined by Dundee ... Read More »

Universities slammed for zero-hours contracts

University of Edinburgh

BY SCOTT MACNAB  Thousands of Scottish workers are suffering “abuse and exploitation” on zero-hours contracts and earning less than the minimum wage, a damning report by MPs has found. A “two-tier workforce” is emerging across the UK as a result of the controversial approach to casual labour which is particularly bad in Scotland, according to Westminster’s Scottish affairs select committee. ... Read More »

Scottish universities’ income increases by 9 per cent from tuition fees rise

University of Edinburgh

By Charlotte Wilson Brady Edinburgh University is the Scottish university to collect the greatest amount in fees and education contracts New information by the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) shows that revenue generated from tuition fees at Scottish institutions increased by 9 per cent to £780 million for 2013. Edinburgh University received £174 million in 2012/13 in terns of fees ... Read More »

Scottish universities tuition fees income up by 9%

University of Edinburgh

BY CHRIS MARSHALL The amount of income Scotland’s universities received from tuition fees rose 9 per cent to £780 million last year, new figures show. Details released by the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) show overall income in 2012/13 rose 6.3 per cent to £3 billion, with tuition fee income up from £722m. Edinburgh University received £174m in fees and ... Read More »

Oldest university is best for higher education

St Andrews University

The oldest university in Scotland is the country’s best, according to a new UK-wide higher education league table. St Andrews University, in Fife, founded in 1413, came top in Scotland and sixth in the UK in the 2014 Complete University Guide. Edinburgh University came second in Scotland after falling two places to 18th in the UK table while Glasgow University ... Read More »

Edinburgh attracts £250m for research work in single year

A city university has attracted record levels of investment in its work – strengthening its position as Scotland’s leading research institution. New figures show that Edinburgh University was awarded £250 million to fund its pioneering research in 2011-12 – 37 per cent more than the £183m received the previous year. The amount is a record for any Scottish university, beating ... Read More »

Top universities join free online teaching platform

Jeevan Vasagar Coursera set to shake up higher education model after adding 12 US and European institutions including Edinburgh University Twelve leading universities in the US and Europe have joined an internet platform created by two Stanford University scientists which provides free online access to classes designed by academics at elite institutions. The move announced marks a significant expansion of ... Read More »

Vivisection at Scottish universities up 12%

By Chris Marshall The number of animals being used in research experiments at Scottish universities has increased by 12 per cent over the last year despite a UK-wide commitment to reduce live testing. Figures collected by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) show that around 514,000 animals were used during tests at Scotland’s universities in the past ... Read More »

Scotland: Universities join forces in bid to boost spin-outs and research income

Scotland’s universities are joining forces to increase the number of spin-out companies they launch and the amount of their research being licensed out to industry. Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde universities have submitted plans to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) for a “modular” system that could be used by institutes to boost business formation rates. The eight modules will cover topics ... Read More »

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