Archive for Scotland

Glasgow University students resume Hetherington sit-in

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 March 2011 by Steve

“Students have re-occupied a Glasgow University building which was cleared on Tuesday amid unprecedented scenes of unrest on campus …” (more)

[BBC News, 23 March]

Glasgow University: Police try to end student protest

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 22 March 2011 by Steve

“Police and campus security are attempting to break up a student occupation at Glasgow University …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 March]

Anger at £3m cut threat to research funding

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“University principals said the 15% cut would damage the country’s research at a time when it was needed to lead a revival of the ailing economy …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 19 March]

Legality doubts may scupper plans to charge European students

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues with tags , , on 19 March 2011 by Steve

“Further doubt has been cast on Scottish Government plans to charge European students up to £1700 a year to stave off the current crisis in university funding. Academics and student representatives argued that the proposals from Michael Russell, the Education Secretary, could be open to challenge on the grounds of discrimination …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 18 March]

Strike action hits eight Scottish universities

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 17 March 2011 by Steve

“Staff at eight universities in Scotland are taking industrial action in a row over their pensions …” (more)

[BBC News, 17 March]

EU students could be charged to study in Scotland

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“Students from other EU countries could be charged to study in Scotland, the education secretary has revealed. Mike Russell told the Scottish Parliament that, if re-elected, the SNP government would also increase fees to students from other parts of the UK …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 March]

Businesses attack Labour and SNP over university funding

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 16 March 2011 by Steve

“A strong attack on ‘dangerous’ Labour and SNP plans to fund Scottish universities without charging a graduate contribution has been launched by business leaders …” (more)

[Simon Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 16 March]

Principal defends plan to axe 95 jobs at university

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 14 March 2011 by Steve

“In an interview with The Herald, Pamela Gillies, principal of Glasgow Caledonian University, said the institution had to make savings of £12 million over the next three years because of public funding cuts …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 14 March]

Fears for world-class aquaculture institute as university faces £2m deficit

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 13 March 2011 by Steve

“A world-class Scottish academic institution that does vital work to provide food for developing countries is set to axe up to a third of its work force to cope with a cash crisis, Scotland on Sunday has learned …” (more)

[Tom Peterkin, Scotland on Sunday, 13 March]

A Scottish dilemma?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 11 March 2011 by Steve

“Higher education has become a key issue in the developing Scottish election campaign. Or to be more precise, how to fund it has become an issue …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 March]

Scottish Labour split over university funding

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 10 March 2011 by Steve

“The full extent of an embarrassing split in Labour’s front bench about Scottish university funding can be revealed today after the party’s education spokesman admitted its no-fees policy is based on a ‘false premise’ …” (more)

[Simon Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 10 March]

Iain Gray confirms Labour university ‘sell-out’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Labour’s Holyrood leader was last night accused of sacrificing Scotland’s universities for his party’s election campaign after ruling out introducing a graduate contribution …” (more)

[Simon Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 9 March]

Scotland urged to introduce tuition fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 9 March 2011 by Steve

“Scottish students are facing the possibility of tuition fees after a leaked report from Universities Scotland recommended their introduction and lobby group CBI have said fees will become necessary …” (more)

[Kathryn Richardson, The Journal, 9 March]

Academic sent death threats to Stirling University boss

Posted in Legal issues, Life with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“An academic sent abusive e-mails to a university boss and threatened to slit her throat, a court has heard …” (more)

[BBC News, 8 March]

Scots university chiefs may face elections, says minister

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“University principals could face direct elections to their posts in future, after the prospect was backed by education secretary Michael Russell …” (more)

[Scott Macab, Scotsman, 7 March]

‘I have never known such despair and demoralisation’ – At the heart of the storm raging at Glasgow University

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“We are worse than the Soviet Union in a number of respects. Even in the worst moments of the Soviet Union they didn’t dispense with the outward forms of democratic process, even if the substance wasn’t there. They had elections and so on. Only 10 years ago here we were able to elect our own dean. That now feels like a pie in the sky idea …” (more)

[Edd McCracken, Herald Scotland, 6 March]

Unions vow to fight university proposals to axe up to 95 staff

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 5 March 2011 by Steve

“Unions have attacked moves by a Scottish university to lay off up to 95 members of staff as a result of restructuring and cost cutting. The number of redundancies at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is twice the amount originally sought …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 5 March]

Academics in bitter attack on university management

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“An influential group of academics at a troubled university has written to the Scottish Government attacking the running of higher education institutions – including their own …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 2 March]

Scotland’s universities face £200m funding gap

Posted in Fees and access, Governance and administration with tags on 1 March 2011 by Steve

“Scottish universities face a funding gap of up to £200 million as a result of the introduction of higher student tuition fees in England, a new report shows …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, Herald Scotland, 1 March]

Scottish universities call for an end to free higher education

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“Principals warn that universities in Scotland will be left with a £200m funding gap after tuition fees are raised in England …” (more)

[Severin Carrell, Guardian, 28 February]