Further and Higher Education

 

Background

The Committee undertook work on the central elements of its remit on an ongoing basis.  This page reflects the work done on Further and Higher Education in 2016/ 2018

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.  

Read the notes if the visit to the Scottish Maritime Academy 29 January 2018 (179KB pdf) 

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 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 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

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

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

 
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