A first: Scots university plans fees refund for UK, overseas students who fail

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Scotland“Fee-paying students at a Scottish university will be the first to have their costs waived if they fail to graduate under radical proposals …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 29 January]

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Scotland and the Three-Year Bachelor degree

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2015 by steve

Scotland“The four-year undergraduate degree for Scotland’s universities, as noted in the Times Higher Education is the ‘gold standard’ and seen as a ‘broader and more flexible’ alternative to the narrow, focused three-year bachelor degree programs offered by universities in the rest of the UK …” (more)

[Jasmin Saidi-Kuehnert, Academic Exchange, 22 January]

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Half of places at top university ‘to go to foreign students’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 24th, 2014 by steve

Scotland“Edinburgh University says it wants to see 50% of places go to students from outside the UK as figures show institutions are increasingly reliant on foreign fees …” (more)

[Graeme Paton, Telegraph, 23 November]

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Higher education legislation: benefit or peril?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 11th, 2014 by steve

“Shortly after I took up my post in 2011 as Principal of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, I was asked by the Scottish Government to chair a review of higher education governance …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 November]

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Overhaul of university governance proposed by Scottish government

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2014 by steve

Scotland“Proposals for legislation requiring Scottish university governing bodies to have elected chairs and to include staff and student representatives have been published. The new act would implement key recommendations of the review of higher education governance led by Ferdinand von Prondzynski, principal of Robert Gordon University …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 7 November]

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What ‘no’ means for Scotland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2014 by steve

“Will higher education be better protected or was a chance for accountability lost? David Bell and Willy Maley on the referendum …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 25 September]

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Scots university launches crowdfunded scholarship

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2014 by steve

“Scotland’s first crowdfunded scholarship programme has been launched by the University of the Highlands and Islands. The practice of crowdfunding has grown in recent years and is where a venture gets off the ground by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people or organisations, typically via social media on the Internet …” (more)

[Alastair Munro, The Scotsman, 24 September]

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Scottish scientists look to a more independent future

Posted in Research on September 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Despite ‘no’ to independence, a promised push for decentralization could benefit research in Scotland and other UK regions …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, Nature News & Comment, 22 September]

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Scottish referendum results: Majority of Scottish academics relieved at result

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“The majority of Scottish academics will have greeted the ‘no’ vote in the Scottish referendum with a sigh of relief …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 19 September]

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Scotland

Posted in Research on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“Exactly three and a half years ago I arrived in Scotland to take up my post of Principal of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. At the time there was a minority SNP government in Edinburgh, but within weeks the Scottish elections delivered an overall majority for Alex Salmond …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 19 September]

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Scottish universities respond to ‘No’ vote

Posted in Governance and administration on September 19th, 2014 by steve

“Universities Scotland will ‘continue to work closely’ with the Scottish and UK governments on funding and policy following today’s referendum result …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 19 September]

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Scotland’s decision

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2014 by steve

“I imagine that all readers of this blog know that, today, Scotland decides in a referendum whether it will remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent state. In this blog and elsewhere I have written about some of the implications for higher education of this decision, whichever way it goes …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 18 September]

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Salmond pressed St Andrews head on research comments

Posted in Research on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“Alex Salmond pressed the principal of the University of St Andrews to tone down her remarks about the impact of Scottish independence on research …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 17 September]

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Salmond pressured Irish head of St Andrews to drop warnings over Yes vote

Posted in Research on September 17th, 2014 by steve

“Scottish first minister Alex Salmond tried to force the Waterford-born head of one of Scotland’s oldest universities to withdraw warnings that independence could hit research funding …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 September]

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For universities’ sake, let it be No to an independent Scotland

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2014 by steve

“The impact of Scottish independence on the university sector has been a mere footnote during the referendum campaign. That’s not surprising when there are bigger issues at stake …” (more)

[Quintin McKellar, The Conversation, 15 September]

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The prime of Prof Louise Richardson, the Irish president of St Andrews University

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2014 by steve

Scotland“On the same day as the Scottish referendum, a secret ballot at the Royal and Ancient golf club of St Andrews will decide on whether it will accept female members, including the president of neighbouring St Andrew’s university, Irishwoman Louise Richardson …” (more)

[Kathy Sheridan, Irish Times, 13 September]

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Majority of Scottish academics set to vote ‘no’ in referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2014 by steve

“The majority of staff at Scottish universities are set to vote ‘no’ in next week’s referendum on independence, and think that remaining in the UK would be better for the country’s universities …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 11 September]

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Two academics either side of Scottish border share independence concerns

Posted in Life on September 9th, 2014 by steve

“A Scottish academic working in England, and an English academic working in Scotland, reflect on how a vote for independence will affect their sense of identity …” (more)

[Darren Reid and David Shuker, Guardian Professional, 9 September]

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Scottish Independence and the Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2014 by steve

“What happens if Scotland votes yes for independence? Forget about Trident, currency union, North Sea oil and how many crosses there will be in the Union Jack. The really important issue is what happens to Scottish and other British universities in the international university rankings …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 7 September]

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Ignore scare-mongering: independent Scotland will attract top researchers

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Fears that Scotland will lose leading academic researchers in the event of a Yes vote do not stand up to scrutiny …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Guardian Professional, 2 September]

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