Further and Higher Education

 

Background

The Committee is undertaking work on the central elements of its remit on an ongoing basis.  This page will be updated to reflect the work done on Further and Higher Education.

Evidence sessions

Fair Access

Evidence Session 16 May 2018

Correspondence

In late 2016, the Committee undertook an inquiry into the performance and role of key education and skills bodies, including the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland.  Read more about the Committee's inquiry into the performance of key education and skills bodies.

Evidence 

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills - 29 June 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills gave evidence to the Committee on 29 June 2016.  In advance of this meeting, the Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary asking for a written statement on the Scottish Government's plans for Education and Skills policy in Session 5.

Meetings and visits in Stirling - 30/31 August 2016

To inform the further planned evidence sessions in September and October the Committee undertook a number of meetings and visits in Stirling.

Stakeholder evidence - 7 September 2016

The Committee received written and oral evidence from stakeholders and experts.

Oral Evidence

Read the Official Report of the meeting on 7 September 2016

Written Evidence

SPICe Briefing

Scottish Government evidence - 2 November 2016

Read the Official Report of the meeting on 2 November 2016

Visit to the Scottish Maritime Academy, January 2018

The Committee visited the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead on the 29 January 2018 and spoke to staff and students.

Ask the Minister session, 7 March 2018

The Committee is due to hold an evidence session with the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science on 7 March 2018.  The focus of the session will be fair access, although the Committee may ask questions on the breadth of the Minister's portfolio. In advance of the session, the Committee wrote to the Minister with a number of questions following up on the recommendations of its predecessor committee.

The Committee also received two submissions in advance of the session.

The Committee wrote to the Minister seeking clarification on a number of issues raised in the meeting:

Fair Access

Evidence Session - 21 February 2018

The Committee heard from the Commissioner for Fair Access on the 21 February 2018.  Read the Official Report of the meeting on 21 February 2018.

Visit to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - 15 January 2018

The Committee visited the Royal of Conservatoire on 15 January 2018 to learn about its widening and fair access programmes.  The Committee also met with staff and students from a number of other Higher Education Institutions based in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. 

On 25 January 2017, Committee will took evidence on the Commission on Widening Access from the Chair of the Commission, Dame Ruth Silver, and members of the Commission, followed by the Commissioner for Fair Access, Professor Sir Peter Scott.

Written Evidence

Evidence Session- 16th May 2018

Student experience of ‘stepping out’ 

The Education and Skills Committee will hear from Scottish universities and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland about the measures they are taking to widen access to their institutions on 16 May

Please find below a SPICe Mini-briefing on the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) annual statistics on drop-out rates amongst undergarduate students.

The Committee received correspondence from Universities Scotland with follow up information regarding widening access from the meeting on the 16th May 2018.

Correspondence

The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills seeking further information on issues raised during the evidence session on 2 November.  The Cabinet Secretary responded on 1 December 2016.

The Public Audit and Post-Legislative Committee recently took evidence on two reports by the Auditor General - "Higher education in Scottish Universities" and "Scotland's Colleges 2016".  The Convener of Public Audit has written to the Convener to advise of their invitation to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills to give evidence on these reports on 2 February 2017.

The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science wrote to the Committee on the appointment of the Commissioner for Fair Access.

The Scottish Government wrote to Paul Little, Principal of City of Glasgow College regarding a factual briefing on the matters raised by a recent Herald article - "College power struggle as officials clash over funding (4 January 2017)".

The Equalities and Human Rights Committee (EHRiC) wrote to the Commissioner for Fair Access regarding EHRiC's inquiry in relation to the issue of equality for disabled people and British Sign Language (BSL) users when applying to, and studying at, Scottish universities.

Following the evidence session on 25 January, Professor Petra Wend (Member of the Commission on Widening Access) supplied additional information on the aspects of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

The Convener wrote to the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science following the Committee Meeting on the 1st February regarding clarification on the Further Education strategic forum.

The Committee received a letter from the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science regarding the Office for National Statistics' classification of Higher Education Institutions in Scotland.

The Committee received a letter from the Scottish Funding Council regarding the impact of college mergers in Scotland.

The Committee received correspondence from the chair of the governing bodies of Scottish Higher Education Institutions regarding the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance

The Convener to the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science seeking the annual update on widening access.

The Committee received a letter from the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science regarding changes to student support.

 
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