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  1. Student support - placements: equality impact assessment summary

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) relating to the introduction of living cost support for students on paid placements.

  2. Student support - regulations consolidation: equalities impact assessment summary

    Equalities impact assessment (EQIA) identifying positive impacts for students by opening up student support to those in the relevant categories, allowing the opportunity for them to access further and higher education in Scotland.

  3. Student support - previous study timeline: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) identifying that in general, positive impacts as a result of reducing the period in which previous study is considered to 20 years, would have a positive impact for all students, as it allows a new cohort of students to access financial support for education.

  4. Student support - extending the residency criteria for Ukrainian students: equalities impact assessment

    Equalities impact assessment (EQIA) identifying that extending the current student support system would advance opportunities for all Ukrainians who have applied to be settled in Scotland under the relevant schemes. Any indirect discrimination was justified.

  5. Over 90% of Scottish university leavers in positive destinations

    Rise in graduates finding work or further study.

  6. Equally Safe - short life delivery plan: summer 2022 to autumn 2023

    A refresh of the Equally Safe Delivery Plan outlining the joint commitment of the Scottish Government and COSLA to preventing and eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls and tackling the underpinning attitudes that perpetuate it.

  7. Scotland leads UK on university students from deprived areas

    Widening access an “unambiguous success”.

  8. Maintaining the Momentum Towards Fair Access: annual report 2022

    The fifth annual report of the Commissioner for Fair Access concludes that all indicators on the fair access scoreboard are flashing green, but Professor Scott warns that maintaining momentum could become more difficult following the damage done by interrupted schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  9. Access to Higher Education

    Record number of students from deprived areas at university.

  10. Adult learning strategy: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the adult learning strategy.

  11. Adult learning strategy: island and communities impact assessment

    Island and communities impact assessment for the adult learning strategy.

  12. Adult learning strategy: fairer Scotland duty summary

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment for the adult learning strategy.

  13. Adult learning strategy 2022 to 2027

    The Adult Learning Strategy sets out our actions to improve life chances for adult learners across Scotland. It outlines how we will ensure that there are accessible opportunities for adults to learn throughout their lives.

  14. Adult learning strategy: easy read

    An easy read version of the Adult Learning Strategy.

  15. Free tuition for displaced Ukrainian students

    Costs covered from start of academic year.

  16. Coronavirus (COVID-19) higher education, further education and community learning and development: wider harms

    This paper considers the indirect, wider harms of the pandemic on students, learners and staff within the Further Education, Higher Education and Community Learning and Development sectors from the perspective of stakeholders and drawing on the findings or relevant reports relating to these sectors.

  17. University of Strathclyde – further education teaching programme: consultation

    A consultation to seek views on the proposed further education teaching programme to be delivered by the University of Strathclyde.

  18. SAAS Care Experienced Students Bursary (CESB) - Higher Education (HE) students: timing of payments - equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) on the introduction of offering students in receipt of the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) care-experienced bursary the choice to receive their bursary payments over 12 months rather than term time.

  19. Community equipment and housing adaptations: draft guidance

    New draft guidance providing guidance to health boards, local authorities and their partners on the provision of equipment and home adaptations to aid daily living.

  20. Community equipment and housing adaptations: draft guidance - executive summary

    Executive summary of new guidance relating to the provision of community equipment and housing adaptations to aid daily living for health boards, local authorities and their partners.

  21. Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education

    Report provided to Scottish Ministers by Professor Ken Muir on the replacement of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, reform of Education Scotland and removal of its inspection function.

  22. Skills: shared outcomes framework

    This framework is the means by which Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council will monitor and report on collaborative projects that contribute to overarching skills outcomes, set in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation and the missions of the Future Skills action plan.

  23. Young Person's Guarantee: measurement and evaluation framework

    Outlines how we will assess the impact of the Young Person's Guarantee. This includes evaluation work that helps us to understand the experiences of young people and employers accessing the Guarantee and help us improve targeted support where needed.

  24. Cost of living support

    Financial lifeline for students.

  25. Record number of students from deprived areas at university

    Overall record enrolments at Scottish institutions.

  26. Young Person's Guarantee - employment and education landscape: current evidence - overview

    This evidence paper provides an overview of the current evidence on the employment and education landscape for young people aged 16 to 24 in Scotland, with equalities and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) breakdowns provided where possible.

  27. Heat networks delivery plan - draft: consultation

    This draft heat network delivery plan sets out how the provisions of the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act 2021, and related policies, will contribute to increased heat networks across Scotland. It also outlines the proposed regulatory regime for the heat networks sector in Scotland.

  28. Tertiary education and research - Scottish Funding Council review: Scottish Government response

    Our response to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) review of Coherence and Sustainability: A Review of Tertiary Education and Research which we committed to respond to under our Programme for Government. We welcome and broadly accept the review recommendations.

  29. Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority: consultation

    A consultation on the replacement of the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the reform of Education Scotland.

  30. Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021: guidance – September 2021

    Guidance for responsible bodies about the exercise of the functions conferred on them by the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021.

  31. University of the Highlands and Islands - further education teaching programme: consultation analysis

    Analysis of the University of the Highlands and Islands further education teaching programme consultation, which ran from 18 May 2021 to 29 June 2021.

  32. Young Scots work promise

    £70 million investment in youth employment.

  33. Young Person's Guarantee - implementation: progress report

    Report highlighting the progress made against the initial recommendations contained within the Youth Guarantee - No-one Left Behind: initial report, as well as outlining the next steps against the commitments made in the supporting activity plan.

  34. Applicants to Scottish universities at record high

    11% rise in individuals applying from most deprived areas.

  35. Higher education - re-committing to Fair Access - a plan for recovery: annual report 2021

    The fourth annual report of the Commissioner for Fair Access to higher education celebrates the progress that has been made and warns about the impact of the COVID-19 emergency, and the resulting setback to achieving fair access.

  36. Franco-Scottish links in research, innovation and higher education

    Overview of Franco-Scottish higher education and research partnerships including analysis and recommendations for furthering collaboration between France and Scotland.

  37. Support for students impacted by COVID-19

    £20 million of additional funding.

  38. Expanding the national vaccination programme

    Roll-out to include international students.

  39. Education recovery: next steps

    SQA and Education Scotland to be reformed.

  40. STEM teacher education bursary: eligibility criteria

    Details of the eligibility criteria for the STEM teacher education bursary.

  41. Summary Statistics for Attainment and Initial Leaver Destinations, No. 3: 2021 Edition

    This statistical publication provides information on the educational attainment and initial destinations of 2019/20 school leavers from publicly funded schools in Scotland

  42. Support for international students

    Rules relaxed to help those needing financial support.

  43. Focus on completing courses

    Group meets to consider ways to support students.

  44. Support for students in hardship

    £30 million of additional funding.  

  45. Erasmus+ exchange programme

    Joint statement confirms work will continue to secure the benefits of programme.

  46. Student loan repayment threshold increase: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) identified that increasing the repayment threshold, in general, had a positive impact for students in repayment by ensuring they are supported during their studies and after they graduate and creating a more stable position for borrowers.

  47. College and university returns postponed

    Changes reflect current status of coronavirus, reality of new strain, and rise in cases in recent weeks.

  48. Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on fair access to higher education - interim report

    This interim report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fair access to higher education considers both the direct impact of the public health measures that have had to be taken and indirect impact of actions taken by colleges and universities to mitigate the worst effects of these measures.

  49. Erasmus loss ‘a huge blow’

    Concern over alternative scheme.

  50. Financial support for students

    Extra £5 million to help those facing hardship.

  51. Extra funding for student associations

    £750,000 to assist with more welfare advice on campuses.

  52. Staggered return to campus for university students

    Further COVID testing before restart of new term.

  53. Helping students home at the end of term

    Plans to support students to return safely.

  54. Coronavirus (COVID-19): student hardship - case studies: report

    Final research report on case studies of student hardship during COVID-19.

  55. SQA awards 2021

    Plans for Highers to go ahead; National 5 exams replaced.

  56. Supporting education staff

    COVID-19 antibody survey.

  57. Support for self-isolating students

    Minister says physical and mental wellbeing the priority

  58. Medical degrees at the University of St. Andrews

    Bill to remove archaic legislative prohibition.

  59. Student accommodation guidance on visits home

    Students encouraged to stay on campus.

  60. University of St Andrews - degrees and licenses in medicine and dentistry: consultation

    This consultation sought views on removing a legislative prohibition under the Universities (Scotland) Act 1966 which prevents the University of St. Andrews from awarding degrees in medicine and dentistry.

  61. Cash boost for joint Scottish-Asian research

    New Fund to focus on economic, social recovery from COVID-19.

  62. Health guidance for students

    Clinicians outline when to seek a COVID-19 test.

  63. Safe return to campuses

    Updated guidance for colleges, universities and student accommodation.

  64. Support for 178,180 students tops £1 billion

    Non-repayable bursaries and grants rise 13.4%.

  65. Higher Education Student Support for Scotland 2019-2020

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  66. University places

    Rise in Scottish students being accepted.

  67. Funding boost for science centres

    Extra £2m to mitigate the impact of  COVID-19.

  68. Update on HE and FE support

    New EU students to start paying for Scottish places from 2021/22

  69. Promoting skills and employment

    Expert report welcomed.

  70. Safe return to college and university

    Guidance maps out full reopening of Scottish campuses.  

  71. School leaver destinations

    Proportion of young people in work, training or further study remains high.

  72. School leaver follow-up destinations

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  73. Scottish research facing twin threats of COVID and Brexit

    Minister tells UK Government that urgent support needed within days.

  74. Summer support for students

    Earlier financial help for those facing hardship.

  75. Review of further and higher education support

    Scottish Funding Council to consider its model in light of COVID-19.

  76. Colleges and universities preparing for phased return

    Minister reiterates message, Scottish institutions open for business.

  77. £75 million boost for Scottish university research

    One-off Government payment to help mitigate financial effects of COVID-19.

  78. Reassurance for students during coronavirus outbreak

    Extra time for prospective students to decide.

  79. Supporting universities

    Scottish Government committed to mitigating the effects of COVID-19.

  80. Extra hardship payments for students

    Emergency funds offered during coronavirus outbreak.

  81. Update on school closures and exams

    Exams will not go ahead, teaching, learning and support can continue with local flexibility.

  82. STEM Bursaries increased

    Latest STEM Bursary Scheme opens for applications on Monday 16 March.

  83. Reducing inequity in STEM subjects

    Inspiring people of all ages to upskill and tackle the global climate emergency.

  84. Coronavirus guidance issued for education providers

    Specific advice for students and staff.

  85. Student support review commitments 2019-2020: EQIA

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the Independent Review of Student Support.

  86. Minister meets Erasmus+ exchange students in Aberdeen

    Efforts to be stepped up to protect further and higher education after Brexit.

  87. New research to focus on estranged students

    Government to work with leading charity on identifying key facts and issues.

  88. Access to postgraduate study - representation and destinations: discussion paper

    Independent paper from the Commissioner for Fair Access considering representation of students from the most deprived areas of Scotland in postgraduate study and their destinations.

  89. Access to higher education continues to widen

    Scottish universities ‘ahead of schedule’ on closing deprivation gap.

  90. Indian alumni to help promote studying in Scotland

    Government launches major push to nurture connections across India.

  91. More mental health support for students

    Funding to appoint counsellors in colleges and universities.

  92. More money going to more students from SAAS

    £981.5 million worth of support given to 178,810 students.

  93. Higher Education Student Support for Scotland 2018-2019

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  94. Improving access to education for care-experienced students

    Upper age limit of bursary will be removed.

  95. More posts for trainee doctors

    Funding for Foundation Training.

  96. Brexit impact on universities

    Ministers write to Education Secretary to ask for clarity on rules for EU students following Brexit.

  97. Sanitary products anniversary

    Millions of free period products delivered.

  98. Response to UK Government announcement of new immigration route for international students

  99. Agreement on immigration changes for Scottish higher education

    Parliament calls on UK Government to extend leave to remain and reintroduce post-study work visa.

  100. Costs of learning: student funding guide 2019 to 2020

    Funding guide for learners and students including those going to college or university.

  101. Doubts over Erasmus+ after EU exit

    Concern that UK Government could consider international exchange programme for England only.

  102. Post study work visa options: an international comparative review

    This report presents the main findings of a literature review examining how the UK’s post-study work offer compares with those of its key competitor countries.

  103. Welcome for EU students and staff

    Lochhead writes to EU Ministers on Scotland’s colleges and universities during Brexit uncertainty.

  104. Universities hit by Brexit

    UK Government urged again to guarantee EU students can complete courses in Scotland.

  105. Nursing and midwifery students - support: 2019 to 2020

    Booklet explaining available funding to new students undertaking nursing and midwifery degree programmes in Scotland in 2019-2020.

  106. Longitudinal Educational Outcomes from Universities 2016/17

    Official Statistics Publications for Scotland.

  107. Commissioner for Fair Access annual report 2019: building on progress towards fair access

    Second annual report from Commissioner for Fair Access, in which he assesses the progress on fair access in Scotland.

  108. Extension of free tuition for EU students

    Support confirmed for 2020/21 academic year.

  109. University applications, offers and acceptances: trends

    A response to the recommendation regarding applications, offer rates and acceptances made by Audit Scotland in its 2016 audit of higher education in Scottish universities.

  110. Support for students after EU exit

    Funding available to 'UK Returners' for seven years.

  111. Students returning after Brexit

    Support for Scottish students in face of ‘untenable’ costs.

  112. EU exit: action plan for further and higher education

    Our latest understanding of what Brexit would mean for Scotland's further and higher education sectors, and what we as a responsible government are doing to mitigate these risks.

  113. STEM Bursary applications open

    Home Economics included for first time.

  114. Access to financial support for students expanded

    New funding for postgraduate studies.

  115. STEM strategy for education and training: first annual report

    Overview of progress in the first year of the five year STEM Strategy for Education and Training in Scotland.

  116. Disabled students at university: discussion paper

    Independent paper from the Commissioner for Fair Access considers representation, entrant trends, retention and degree outcomes for disabled students by disability group.

  117. Immigration threat to universities

    Ministers call on UK Government to reconsider post-Brexit immigration policy.

  118. More support for student wellbeing

    Mental health services at colleges and universities.

  119. Record number of students from deprived areas at university

    Positive progress on equal access to higher education.

  120. Investing in research and innovation

    £5 million to support links between academic research and industry.

  121. Higher Education Student Support for Scotland 2017-18

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  122. Assignation of Argyll College to UHI: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the consultation on the proposal to assign Argyll College to the Regional Strategic Body for the Highlands and Islands, the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

  123. STEM bursary: equality impact assessment 2018

    The EQIA summarises how decision makers balanced the aim of the STEM bursaries against the potential adverse impacts of the policy on groups with protected characteristics.

  124. Record number of students from deprived areas accepted to university

    New record for third year in row as acceptance rate rises 5%

  125. Recruiting international students

    Japan joins star programme.

  126. Tackling sexual violence and harassment on campus

    New toolkit to address gender-based violence in universities and colleges.

  127. Apply Now! SAAS open for 2018 funding applications

    Issued on behalf of the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

  128. Final chance to submit 2017-18 SAAS applications

    Issued on behalf of the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

  129. Supporting new STEM teachers

    Training bursaries available from April.

  130. Two additional universities to offer Teacher Education

    £1.3m for new courses.

  131. Applicant boost for Scottish universities

    Scotland bucks UK trend as more students apply for a university place.

  132. Further increase in Scots studying at university

    More university students taking education and science subjects.

  133. New support for distance learning postgraduate students

    Access to tuition fee and living cost loans expanded.

  134. Report from the Commissioner for Fair Access

    Minister comments on Commissioner’s first annual report.

  135. Laying the foundations for fair access: annual report 2017 from the Commissioner for Fair Access

    This is the first annual report from the Commissioner for Fair Access, covering the wider context of access to higher education in Scotland.

  136. Record number of Scots going to Scottish universities

    Over 1,000 more Scottish students accepted onto courses.

  137. Record number of Scots accepted to university

    UCAS figures also show highest ever acceptances to Scottish universities.

  138. Independent review of student support

    Minister thanks Review Group for their report.

  139. Student financial support in Scotland: independent review

    Recommendations for improving the higher and further education student support system.

  140. Widening access to medicine

    Course to help less affluent students will continue.

  141. Improving Choices in Postgraduate Education through Student Support Reform

    Issued on behalf of SAAS.

  142. Contextual higher education admissions: discussion paper

    Analysis of the current contextual higher education admissions processes in Scotland by the Commissioner for Fair Access.

  143. Fair Access Commissioner addresses colleges and universities cross party group

    The Commissioner for Fair Access delivers a speech on fair access to higher education.

  144. Nursing & Midwifery student support 2016/17

    Information on Nursing & Midwifery student bursary and pre-registration courses for the years 2016/17.

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