Report: Scotland’s universities ‘fundamentally unfair’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 13th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“All Scottish universities should consider accepting poorer pupils with significantly lower grades than middle class applicants to address a ‘fundamental unfairness” in the system, according to a new government-backed commission …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 13 November]

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Debate needed over free fees for third-level, professor claims

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An open debate is needed over whether the State can afford free fees for third-level education, according to the Irish head of one of Scotland’s oldest universities. Prof Louise Richardson, the Waterford-born principal of St Andrews, takes over as vice-chancellor of Oxford University in January, the first woman to hold the post in the university’s history …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 November]

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Edward Snowden slams SNP’s university reforms

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused SNP ministers of ‘threatening’ the autonomy of Scotland’s universities by ­pursuing controversial changes to the way institutions are governed. The former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, currently in exile in Russia …” (more)

[Andrew Whitaker, The Scotsman, 27 October]

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Is Scotland’s university shake-up meddling or modernising?​

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2015 by steve

Scotland“University leaders in Scotland are afraid that politicians are about to stage a power grab. New legislation, they say, will give the Scottish government too much influence over how universities are run …” (more)

[Helen Lock, Guardian, 21 October]

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Nicola Sturgeon forced to defend governance bill

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Nicola Sturgeon has been forced to defend Scotland’s bill on university governance against claims that the legislation would ‘demolish’ universities’ autonomy and charitable status. Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, pressed Ms Sturgeon on the bill at First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood yesterday, telling her that universities ‘hate’ the Scottish National Party government’s legislation …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 8 October]

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University laws ‘devastating’ to the SNP’s reputation warns top academic

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Controversial legislation to change the way Scottish universities are run will have a ‘devastating’ impact on the international reputation of the SNP, a prominent female scientist has warned …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 7 October]

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Tuition fees divide changes the way students in Scotland and England view their education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 16th, 2015 by steve

UK“The tuition fees divide between English and Scottish students has left a generation young people north and south of the border with radically different ideas of who should pay for education, a new report has found …” (more)

[Jamie Merrill, Independent, 16 September]

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Scottish universities ‘unchanged’ since the Middle Ages

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Scottish universities are inherently conservative institutions which have ‘survived intact’ since the Middle Ages, according to a leading sector figure. Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, the head of Robert Gordon University, in Aberdeen, said some institutions had not changed radically since they were formed seven centuries ago …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 14 September]

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Scottish universities warn over new measures by Sturgeon government

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Glasgow, St Andrews, Edinburgh and Strathclyde universities say powers to control membership of ruling councils could lead to collapse in research. Scotland’s leading universities have accused Nicola Sturgeon’s government of threatening their academic and financial freedom after ministers proposed new powers to control the membership of their ruling councils …” (more)

[Severin Carrell, Guardian, 10 September]

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Scottish universities ‘could lose charitable status’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 25th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Scottish universities fear that they could lose their status as charities and become part of the public sector if the Edinburgh government pushes ahead with a new higher education governance bill. The controversial bill, published in June, would shake up the composition of Scottish university governing bodies …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 25 August]

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University places for Scots under pressure from EU students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 10th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“New figures show the number of EU students applying to Scottish universities has increased by 13% since 2011.The rise is important because EU students compete for the same places as Scots and the estimated £80 million cost of educating them is the responsibility of the Scottish taxpayer … ” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 10 July]

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University chairs to be elected under new bill

Posted in Governance and administration on June 18th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Key figures in Scotland’s universities could face being elected into the job as a result of new legislation published by the Scottish Government today …” (more)

[The Scotsman, 17 June]

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Scottish Government wants to ‘control’ universities

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“The Scottish Government is ‘hell bent on meddling’ in the running of Scotland’s universities and could undermine their quality of education, MSPs have been warned.Opposition parties said there is no evidence to support the need for controversial changes …” (more)

[The Scotsman, 4 June]

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University of Edinburgh to divest from three major fossil fuel providers

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“The University of Edinburgh has announced that it intends to fully divest from three of the world’s biggest fossil fuel producers within six months. The decision follows a 10-day occupation of its finance department by student protesters …” (more)

[Libby Brooks, Guardian, 26 May]

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Pressure mounts on Edinburgh University over fossil fuel investments

Posted in Governance and administration on May 19th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Pressure is mounting on Edinburgh University to pull investments from fossil fuel companies after Oxford University took a first step towards disinvestment …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 18 May]

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Edinburgh students stage sit-in after fossil fuels decision

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Students have staged a sit-in at the University of Edinburgh in response to what they described as the institution’s ‘reckless and irresponsible failure’ to fully divest from fossil fuels. The protesters said that they would remain at Charles Stewart House, an administration building, until the university rethinks …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 13 May]

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Scottish university chiefs divided over need for new governance laws

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Divisions have opened up between Scottish university principals over the need for new legislation to improve governance in the sector. Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, the principal of Robert Gordon University, in Aberdeen, has backed proposals for change arguing they are essential …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 15 April]

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Gender in higher education: the contribution of governance

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“As a guest post on this blog recently explored, and as I’ve also noted previously, the higher education scene is not necessarily one of good practice in relation to gender equality. Women make up an increasingly large proportion of the academic community overall, but are still seriously under-represented in senior positions …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 April]

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Scottish universities under fire over zero hours contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Universities which use zero-hours contracts to employ staff have been urged to outlaw the controversial practice. Union leaders have written to institutions north of the Border calling on them to improve terms of conditions of employees …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 23 March]

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Coming to grips (or not) with tuition fees

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2015 by steve

Scotland“From the frequency with which politicians present promises or assurances over tuition fees before elections, we must assume that they believe that fees are an issue that can help improve a party’s electoral fortunes …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 March]

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