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Scottish universities move up the rankings

Scottish universities

The SNP has welcomed a new Times Higher Education publication which shows that three Scottish universities are in the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years of age. The new rankings show that Heriot-Watt University has moved up 11 places to 52, the University of Stirling is up five places to 56 and the University of Strathclyde is up one ... 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 »

Postgraduate places in fast growing sectors of economy on offer at Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University

Seventy fully funded postgraduate places are now open for applications at Heriot-Watt University for the academic year 2014-2015. All the programmes on offer have a strong business focus and are in key economic growth areas such as brewing and distilling, renewable energy and engineering. The postgraduate programmes, funded by the Scottish Funding Council, are selected to support the skills identified ... 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 »

Number of Northern Irish students applying to Scots universities drops

Scottish universities

The number of students applying to Scottish universities from Northern Ireland has declined, according to new figures. The drop of 12% has been blamed on the fact tuition fees for Northern Irish students are cheaper if they study at home now Scottish universities charge them up to £9000 a year. The drop means overall applicants from England, Wales and Northern ... Read More »

University funding warning as most hit by new fees

St Andrews University

More than half of Scottish universities attracted fewer students from the rest of the UK after the introduction of fees of up to £9000. Official figures obtained by The Herald show 10 of Scotland’s 18 higher education institutions saw numbers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland drop in 2012/13 – when fees were charged for the first time. The decline ... Read More »

Scotland, Germany investigate quantum technologies

quantum technologies

Physics research groups from five Scottish universities – the universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, St Andrews, Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh – are launching a Max-Planck partnership, with colleagues in Germany, to further investigate quantum technologies. Specifically, they will be supporting research around the theme of ‘Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit’ (MOQL), which they say has relevance for a variety of ... Read More »

Universities fined for admitting too many Scots and EU students

Scottish universities

Two Scottish universities have been fined for admitting too many Scottish and EU students. Figures from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), which provides money to universities on behalf of the Scottish Government, show Abertay University in Dundee was fined £132,000 from its annual £14.5 million teaching grant, while the Scottish Agricultural College, now part of the amalgamated Scotland’s Rural College, ... Read More »

Scottish universities blame UK immigration for fewer Indian students

Indian students UK

A group representing Scottish universities has criticised the UK immigration authorities for a fall in the number of students studying in Scotland from certain key developing countries including India, Pakistan and Nigeria. Alistair Sim, director of Universities Scotland revealed on 12th February 2013 that the number of Indian students beginning their studies at Scottish universities in 2011-12 was down significantly ... Read More »

Scottish universities suffer at hands of UKBA

Scottish universities

The figures show a 25.8% drop in the number of Indian students, a 24.9% drop in Pakistani students and a 14.1% drop in the number of Nigerian students studying at Scottish universities for 2011/12. The fall has occurred only months after the UKBA announced the end to its post-study work route for international students. SNP MP Pete Wishart received a ... Read More »

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