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.
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.
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.
Read the Official Report of the meeting on 7 September 2016
Scottish Government evidence - 2 November 2016
Read the Official Report of the meeting on 2 November 2016
Evidence Session - 21 February 2018
The Committee is due to hear from the Commissioner for Fair Access on the 21 February 2018. Read the Commissioners statement below along with a submission from Universities Scotland.
The Committee received a briefing fron Abertay University on their apporach to Widening Access.
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.
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