Archive for Scotland

College lecturers set for day of action

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

“Scotland’s largest teaching union has called on college lecturers to stage a day of action against cuts to further education funding …” (more)

[BBC News, 28 February]

Secret plans to charge students £12,000

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 27 February 2011 by Steve

“Scottish universities want to charge students fees of £12,000 (US$19,376) for a four-year degree under confidential proposals …” (more)

[Andrew Denholm, University World News, 27 February]

Exit strategy

Posted in Life with tags , , on 26 February 2011 by Steve

“… It is my intention that this blog will continue, but if it is to maintain a significant Irish higher education dimension (alongside the Scottish one that will now be developed) I shall require help. I am hoping that there may be a reader or two here who will be willing to assemble Irish stories and comment for the blog from April 2011 …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 February]

Glasgow dons unite

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 February 2011 by Steve

“The cuts in academic provision proposed by the University of Glasgow management must be a matter of public and political concern for the greater Glasgow area and for Scotland as a whole. The university management is bringing forward plans to cut courses in a range of modern languages (possibly reducing provision to only two languages), in nursing, anthropology and adult education …” (more)

[Guardian, 26 February]

… And in Scotland?

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 22 February 2011 by Steve

“In the meantime, while in England and Ireland politicians agonise over university funding and tuition fees, the issue is coming to a head in Scotland also …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 22 February]

School leavers at risk from SNP university ‘betrayal’

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 21 February 2011 by Steve

“Thousands of school leavers will miss out on a university place if Scotland’s Education Minister continues to ‘betray’ the sector by opposing a graduate charge, higher education leaders have warned …” (more)

[Simon Johnson, Daily Telegraph, 21 February]

Universities: Scots graduates ‘could pay up to £13,000’

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 21 February 2011 by Steve

“Scottish universities have indicated for the first time the level of tuition charges they think could be introduced …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 February]

Billy Bragg joins Glasgow student occupation after gig

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

“Singer and activist Billy Bragg joined a student occupation at Glasgow University in protest over plans to cut or merge courses …” (more)

[BBC News, 19 February]

Thousands protest over Glasgow University ‘course cuts’

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

“More than 2,000 people have attended a protest march at Glasgow University over plans to cut or merge courses. The rally was held before the ruling university court approved a consultation on proposed cuts designed to save £20m over the next three years …” (more)

[BBC News, 16 February]

Highlands and Islands’ UHI wins university status

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

“A higher education institute has been confirmed as Scotland’s newest university. The UHI Millennium Institute has become the University of the Highlands and Islands following approval from the Privy Council …” (more)

[BBC News, 2 February]

Abertay University principal suspended

Posted in Legal issues with tags on 1 February 2011 by Steve

“The principal of Abertay University in Dundee has been suspended. Prof Bernard King has been relieved of his duties while an investigation is carried out into a number of issues raised with the university court …” (more)

[BBC News, 1 February]

Student plagiarism on the rise

Posted in Legal issues, teaching with tags , on 23 January 2011 by Steve

“Hundreds of cases of academic ‘misconduct’ are being detected at Scottish higher education institutions every year …” (more)

[Judith Duffy, University World News, 23 January]

EU students funding loophole ‘costs Scotland £75m’

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

“The cost of European students studying in Scotland has quadrupled in nearly a decade, with the Holyrood government having to pick up the bill …” (more)

[BBC News, 13 January]

What it’s really like inside a university in the age of austerity

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

“Here’s a grim (and confidential) email from the principal at the University of Dundee explaining to staff the kind of cuts they need to expect. There’s no reason to think Dundee is specially badly off …” (more)

[William Cullerne Bown, Exquisite Life, 10 January]

Most of all beware ignorance

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 29 December 2010 by Steve

“Scotland must stand against tuition fees and preserve universal state-supported access to higher education or risk a return to Dickensian darkness …” (more)

[Kate Smith, Times Higher Education, 28 December]

Gathering or distributing the university?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , , , on 26 December 2010 by Steve

“Here’s a topic, perhaps, to distract you as you recover from your Christmas dinner. This last week the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) issued a recommendation to the Privy Council (to whom the task of deciding the matter is entrusted) that the UHI Millennium Institute should be awarded university status …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 December]

Scottish v-cs are ready to ram home their demands for extra resources

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 December 2010 by Steve

“Scotland’s universities must be ‘vigorous and forceful in telling politicians what to do’ during funding talks and must push for ‘modest’ graduate contributions, according to the leader of the nation’s higher education body …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 23 December]

Decision on UHI becoming a university due ‘in weeks’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 23 December 2010 by Steve

“… The Scottish government has been advised that the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) has met the levels of quality and standards required for university status …” (more)

[BBC News, 22 December]

Research cash cut to some Scottish universities

Posted in research with tags on 21 December 2010 by Steve

“Newer universities have come off worst in a carve-up of public money for research in Scotland …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 December]

The price of Vince Cable’s university fees

Posted in Fees and access with tags , , on 19 December 2010 by Steve

“It’s probably fair to say the prime motivation for Prince William’s decision to study at St Andrews wasn’t financial, but he still saved his father a few quid by coming north …” (more)

[Ewan Crawford, Guardian, 19 December]