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Student support investment at an all-time high⤴

from @ Engage for Education

More higher education students than ever before are receiving financial assistance from the Scottish Government, including through the Care Experienced Bursary.

Statistics out today (30 October) show 147,920 full-time students received support in 2017/18, an increase of 3.1% on the previous year. Of this group, 53,620 students received a grant or bursary, up 2.8% on the previous year, with the average paid per student up 6% to £1420

Average full time student support in Scotland is now at £5,970 per student in 2017/18, an increase of 1.4% from 2016/17.

545 full-time undergraduate students benefitted from the Care Experienced Bursary of £7,625, which was introduced for 2017/18 and increased to £8,100 in 2018-19.

Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead said:

“Higher Education in Scotland is based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay.

“The Scottish Government is investing a record amount in student support. As a result, more students – including those from the most deprived backgrounds – are benefiting from free tuition and the maximum level of grant or bursary. I am also pleased to see the level of uptake of the Care Experienced Bursary in its first year.

“We are continuing to drive forward the recommendations of the Commission on Widening Access so that every child, no matter their background or circumstances, has an equal chance of going to university by 2030.”


Read the full statistical news release:

The Care Experienced Bursary is payable on the first day of the first academic year of the recipient’s course, was available for eligible undergraduate students under the age of 26 who have been looked after by a local authority. Students eligible for this bursary are not entitled to apply for a student loan for living costs

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Deputy First Minister welcomes college support staff deal⤴

from @ Engage for Education

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has welcomed the £14 million pay and terms and conditions of service agreement reached with approximately 6,000 support staff in Scotland’s 26 colleges.

He said: “I am pleased to hear that college support staff have voted to accept this pay, terms and conditions offer. The deal recognises the important contribution they make to the effective operation of our colleges and I want to thank both the unions and the employers for working tirelessly together to ensure that this agreement delivers for staff and the students they support.

“National collective bargaining can only be achieved by collaborative and collective leadership such as this, and we will continue to support its implementation.”

 Read more on the Colleges Scotland website.


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DFM joins Pitlochry pupils for magical maths show⤴

from @ Engage for Education

Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited Pitlochry High School today for a special Maths Week Scotland performance by ‘International Mathemagian’ Andrew Jeffrey.

A professional magic show with a twist, the show was entirely based around mathematics and learning with tricks using numbers, shapes, money, mind-reading and illusions.

Speaking after the show, Mr Swinney said:

“Andrew’s entertaining performance completely embodied the spirit of Maths Week Scotland and our ambition to show people the beauty, accessibility and possibilities of maths. His interactive style, mixed with humour and intrigue, combined to create the perfect formula for engaging both those who love maths as well as pupils who sometimes lack confidence to engage in the classroom.

” It was fantastic to see the young people in the audience completely captivated by Andrew’s tricks and illusions. After the show I met with some of the pupils and I was interested to hear their individual experiences of maths and how events like this can help to bring the subject to life.”

Mathemagian Andrew Jeffrey said:

“I get a sense that there’s a real buzz about Maths Week Scotland which is brilliant to see. Events like this show us that we can start to enjoy and have fun with maths and we all know that we work harder at things we enjoy.”

Hundreds of events, activities and lectures are taking place across the country this week as part of Maths Week Scotland 2018. Join the conversation on Twitter with #MathsWeekScot

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