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Top US professor criticises UK universities’ ranking focus

A leading US academic has attacked British universities for their continued focus on leading reputational rankings rather than focusing on innovation. Valerie Woolston, based at the University of Maryland, spoke to the International Higher Education Forum in London to an audience of leading global academics. Addressing the conference, Woolston said: “[Presidents] may be spending too […]

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Edinburgh moves up seventeen places in Times global rankings

A recent ranking of global universities has seen a seventeen place rise for the University of Edinburgh, the highest ranking amongst Scottish universities. The prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings 2015 have improved Edinburgh’s global ranking to 29th, placing it alongside other UK universities making the list such as Imperial College London and […]

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New government consultation proposes controversial changes to rectorial elections

  The future basis of rectorial elections at Scotland’s ‘ancient’ universities may be under threat as a result of proposals contained within a new Scottish Government consultation. The Scottish Government Consultation Paper on a Higher Education Governance Bill was launched in November last year by then Education Secretary Michael Russell to improve levels of democratic […]

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Glasgow University becomes first in Europe to divest in fossil fuels

The University of Glasgow has become the first university in Europe to divest from the fossil fuel industry, with the University’s leaders announcing a withdrawal of £18 million in investments over the next decade. The decision from the university’s court follows a 12-month campaign involving over 1,300 students, with rallies and other events being led by […]

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Report highlights skills and social mobility gap for UK graduates

The UK is still lagging behind many other developed nations in skills and literacy levels, despite a major expansion in university graduates. According to the ‘Education at a Glance’ report commissioned by the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD), the number of working age people obtaining a university or college education has risen to 41 per […]

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New Freshers’ poll shows student support for ‘No’ in referendum

A poll of new Edinburgh University students’ voting intentions for next week’s independence referendum has revealed a strong lead for the ‘No’ campaign. The poll conducted by the University’s Politics and International Relations (PIR) Society measured the voting intentions of 313 students, with 212 revealing that they would vote ‘No’, 91 voting ‘Yes’ and a […]