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Scotland's top universities urged to slash entry grades

In what would amount to an unprecedented overhaul of university enrolment, academics said elite institutions such as Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews should drop entry requirements to five ‘B’ grades at Higher for top courses such as medicine, law, accountancy, science and mathematics, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald.  (...) - University World News, by The Herald, 03 November 2017 Issue No:481
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Q&A: Former E.U. science adviser Anne Glover on U.K. research after Brexit: 'I'm very pessimistic'

Q&A: Former E.U. science adviser Anne Glover on U.K. research after Brexit: 'I'm very pessimistic' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scottish plant biologist warns of messy divorce, wants Scotland to remain in the European Union (...) - Science, by Kai Kupferschmidt, June 27, 2016

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[UK] Universities under fire over zero-hours contracts

Scottish universities which use zero-hours contracts to employ staff have been urged to outlaw the controversial practice, writes Andrew Denholm for Herald Scotland.

Union leaders have written to institutions north of the border calling on them to improve terms of conditions of employees. The move comes after MPs on Westminster's Scottish Affairs Select Committee found thousands of employees were suffering "abuse and exploitation" on zero-hours contracts. (...) - University World News, by Herald Scotland, 27 March 2015 Issue No:360

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Scotland's independence vote rocks science

Scotland's independence vote rocks science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Vying camps make bold claims about sovereignty as a blessing—or a curse—for science.

On 18 September, the people of Scotland will vote on whether their nation should separate from the United Kingdom and become independent. With the margin of victory now expected to be razor-thin, the debate among researchers is growing more strident over whether independence will ring in a golden era for Scottish science—or cripple it for years to come. Researchers opposed to independence say a split will harm science, depriving it of funds and talent. "Yes" campaigners counter that the Scottish government has vowed to protect science during the transition and to maintain funding at least at current levels. A strong science record is at stake. (...) - by Daniel Clery, Science, 9 September 2014

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Scots fear losing access to UK research council system

Scots fear losing access to UK research council system | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Paper reveals that university principals worry more about a common research area than English ‘fee refugees’

With the referendum on Scottish independence less than three months away, the biggest higher education battleground has been over whether a separate Scotland would be allowed to continue charging English students tuition fees under European Union law – and if not whether this could lead to a flood of English “fee refugees” heading north of the border.(...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, 3 july 2014

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Scottish science is ready to go it alone

Scottish science is ready to go it alone | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists in restless territories such as Scotland, Quebec and Catalonia should embrace change, Colin Macilwain suggests. (...) - Nature 493, 579 (31 January 2013)

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Free tuition for EU students in Scottish universities

Scotland’s Education Secretary John Swinney has announced that students from the European Union enrolling in Scotland next year will have free tuition throughout their courses, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald.  (...) - University World News, by The Herald, 31 March 2017 Issue No:453
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Scottish government cuts higher education budget by 3 per cent

Scottish government cuts higher education budget by 3 per cent | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Meanwhile, education committee calls for 'further detail' from ministers on controversial governance measures (...) - Times Higher Education, by John Morgan, December 17, 2015

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Scottish scientists look to a more independent future

Scottish scientists look to a more independent future | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Despite 'no' to independence, a promised push for decentralization could benefit research in Scotland and other UK regions.

 

In the run-up to the referendum on Scottish independence, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and other politicians made what some saw as panicked pre-vote pledges to give more autonomy to Scotland’s local government if it remained part of the United Kingdom. (...) - by Daniel Cressey, Nature, 22 September 2014

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Scottish independence: Academics fear a university brain drain of country's best scientists

Scottish independence: Academics fear a university brain drain of country's best scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scottish universities could face a brain drain of some of their finest scientists if the country votes for independence, a number of leading academics fear.

They voiced concerns that the institutions could lose billions of pounds of funding for research.

Several senior scientists have already been contacted by English universities because of the prospect of a yes vote in the referendum on 18 September, sources told The Guardian. (...) - by Ian Jihnston, The Independent, 31/08/2014

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Free tuition in Scotland benefits wealthiest students the most - study

Free tuition in Scotland benefits wealthiest students the most - study | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Report estimates lack of fees, plus cuts in grants to poorer students leave middle-class families £20m a year better off Welsh students get most financial support in UK. (...) - by Severin Carrell, The Guardian, 29 April 2014

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