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1 Universities in Scotland: responding to change Kirsty Conlon Head of Learning & Teaching & Widening Access Policy Universities Scotland 16 May 2012

2 Universities in Scotland: Strengths 5 universities in the world’s top 200 (Times Higher Education rankings) Overall student satisfaction 86% (National Student Survey) Research power: 2nd highest in world for citations per paper, 83% of Scottish research internationally excellent (Scottish Government 2009 and RAE)

3 Universities in Scotland: Diversity Diverse institutions, diverse missions Diverse student body: – 1 in 10 enter with advanced standing having studied an HNC or HND – 2 in every 10 enter their degree programme with advanced standing into years two or three – 4 in every 10 study part time – Proud to welcome students from full diversity of background: 31% from more challenged socio- economic backgrounds

4 New curriculum for Scottish (state) schools More about delivery than content and particularly enabling young people to be: – Successful learners – Confident individuals – Responsible citizens – Effective contributors Expected to lead to more diversity: – How schools configure the senior phase – Patterns of qualifications – Co-curriculum being emphasised more SR settlement Policy changes: Curriculum for Excellence

5 – Scottish Government desire for universities to respond to CfE, particularly: Admissions Learning and teaching – “Beyond the Senior phase” – report from Universities Scotland to be published on 18 May. – Identifies actions for universities. – Welcomed by stakeholders so far. Curriculum for Excellence & Universities

6 CfE & Admissions Each university makes own admissions decisions. All universities committed to fair access Beyond senior phase - 2 big recommendations: –University leaders affirm that they continue to be committed to fair admissions policies with equal consideration of suitable candidates irrespective of senior phase opportunities. –Review of admissions policy and practice within each institution, to ensure this can happen

7 Universities regularly review programmes’ content and learning & teaching methods Already accommodate diverse learners (Scottish, RUK, EU, international, mature...) Scottish sector involved in Enhancement Themes –Combination of institution and national action –Previous theme: Graduates for the 21 st Century –Current theme: Developing & Supporting the Curriculum CfE & Learning & Teaching

8 L&T: Graduates for the 21 st Century Graduate attributes developed by all universities What they wanted graduates to get from study over and above subject content. Different in all universities. Common themes, which are similar to CfE. Also looked at how to help students develop these attributes

9 L&T: Graduates for the 21 st Century 2 Graduate attributes in Scottish universities Lifelong learning Research, scholarship & enquiry Employability & career development Global citizenship Communication & information literacy Ethical, social & professional understanding Personal & intellectual autonomy Collaboration, teamwork & leadership

10 L&T: Developing & Supporting the Curriculum Different strands, but CfE highlighted as issue of importance. – Briefings – Symposium event in June Desire to be ready

11 Not new. Various examples: –Delivering school qualifications –Delivering university courses OUS – YASS UHI & Highland council East Lothian Hospitality & Tourism academy Universities & Schools working together

12 Existing Activity: work with schools Dundee City Campus Involves Dundee’s two universities in the delivery of “minority Highers” and Advanced Highers Increases choice for pupils and saves money

13 Existing activity: work with schools 2 University of Aberdeen & Aberdeen Grammar & Ellon Academy in Aberdeenshire. Range of flexible science subjects offered to NE schools since 2009 to complement students’ S6 portfolio or give them an experience of a new discipline. This programme will role out across all Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire schools in academic year Plans to expand into other subjects according to demand from schools such as languages.

14 Green paper published December 2010 Consultation paper in September 2011 Expect legislation –later this year “Learner journey” one issue –Desire to increase efficiency –Desire to increase personalisation Desire to decrease (perceived) overlap between final year of school, Y1 at universities and HNC/HND. Push for more direct entry into second year. Desire to widen access Policy change: post-16 agenda

15 How do we get there? Keep the learner at the centre Articulation More Advanced Highers & Baccalaureates The four-year degree Curriculum for excellence Second chances Mature learners Part-timeFast-track degrees

16 “Something for something” –Spending Review settlement –Post-16 agenda Between SFC and individual institutions. Pilot versions on widening access. Now all institutions, but smaller focus in first year. Outcome agreements

17 Retention Articulation from colleges Accelerated degrees, including direct entry into second year Access to university for people from the widest possible range of backgrounds The pattern and spread of provision Efficiency, both in the learning journey and of institutions The entrepreneurial and employability skills of graduates. International competitiveness in research University/industry collaboration and the exploitation of research Focus of outcome agreements

18 Primary SFC focus for this initial year: –Widening participation Expect focus on Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) as a measure SIMD issues –Gap between statistics and individuals –Moving targets & new edition (November 2012) –National numbers & disincentives to collaborate –Knowledge exchange –‘Patterns of provision’ Focus for

19 Widening Access: sector Schools for HE Programme – LEAPS – FOCUS West – Aspire North – LIFT Off Scottish Wider Access Programme Articulation Hubs Access to Professions (various schemes) Institutional schemes

20 Articulation hubs: impact estimates Source: SFC using ELRAH dataset 84% increase

21 The vast majority of HND students enter with advanced standing Level of entry into a degree course Year one (SCQF 7) Year two (SCQF 8) Year three (SCQF 9) No answer TOTAL HND (SCQF 8)8%16% 75% 1%100% Source: Adapted from table 11, CRLL Tracking Study – final report

22 Policy changes: Rest of UK (RUK) fees Tuition fees for RUK students increased (set by universities within limits) Bursaries available for RUK students (also separately for Scottish students). Universities Scotland analysis (endorsed by Scottish Government and NUS Scotland): Fees on average lower than in England. Bursaries on average more generous than in England. RUK numbers now uncapped.

23 RUK fees: Why? Response to policy changes in England Manage cross-border flows of students Protect places for Scottish students Scottish/EU numbers subject to a cap (used to include RUK students). These numbers only for Scots/EU students

24 UCAS data: April 2012 Domicile2012 applications with at least one Scottish HEI 2011 applications with at least one Scottish HEIs % change 2011 to 2012 England25,02526, % NI5,2116, % Scotland40,62341, % Wales % EU % Rest of world % Total ,8040.0% Applications down from UK (except Wales). English applications to England down 10% Demographics Demand vs. supply

25 UCAS data: April 2012 Domicile% of applications to at least one Scottish institution 2012 applications 2011 applications % change 2011 to 2012 England5.3%5.0%0.2% NI16.0%17.3%-1.3% Wales2.5%2.4%0.1% RUK total5.7%5.6%0.1% Scotland89.8%88.2%1.6% EU32.0%27.0%4.9% Rest of World 17.7%16.4%1.3% Share of UK applications to Scottish institutions holding steady.

26 Fewer funded places (now Scots EU only) Fewer Scots applying to RUK Increased EU applicant numbers Pressure on places

27 Future Challenges ahead Need flexibility But key thing: – Students and improving opportunities for them – This will be central to responses to challenges

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