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Results 21–40 of 7929 for speaker:Richard Lochhead

Scottish Parliament: Glasgow School of Art Fire (30 Oct 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I thank colleagues for their thoughtful and constructive contributions to this afternoon’s debate. MSPs across the chamber have made powerful and thought-provoking comments. The cabinet secretary and I will reflect on those important points. It is important to put on record that my colleague Sandra White, who has the Glasgow School of Art in her constituency, would have been here today to...

Scottish Parliament: Citizens Advice Services in Scotland (80th Year) (1 Oct 2019)

Richard Lochhead: On that note, is the minister aware that this week, Moray citizens advice bureau will celebrate its 40th anniversary? Will he pay tribute to all the volunteers and staff who have, over the past four decades, helped so many people, including 2,200 clients in the past year alone?

Scottish Parliament: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Teaching (Dumfries and Galloway) (18 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government’s STEM education and training strategy sets out a range of actions to support practitioners teaching STEM subjects in Scotland’s primary and secondary schools, in early learning and community learning and development settings, and in our colleges and universities. In Dumfries and Galloway specifically, support for professional learning is provided by a designated...

Scottish Parliament: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Teaching (Dumfries and Galloway) (18 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I warmly welcome the development to which Emma Harper referred, which, as she said, is being supported by the Scottish Government as part of our £6.6 million investment in the south of Scotland economic partnership skills and learning network. Through the creation of that hub, the project seeks to address the immediate skills gaps that have been identified in the region in key sectors. I...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (Higher Education) (18 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government’s commitment to free tuition ensures that full-time Scotland-domiciled students studying for their first undergraduate degree at publicly funded higher education institutions in our country do not have to pay fees. That means that they do not incur additional debt of up to £27,000. We also provide a minimum income guarantee of £7,750 per year for students from the...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (Higher Education) (18 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I remember that debate well. As James Kelly will recall, the Scottish Government supported the principle of a minimum income guarantee for students. As I indicated in my previous answer, we have already started to implement many of the recommendations of the independent review of student support, including the £8,100 care-experienced bursary. Given the overall cost of implementing all the...

Scottish Parliament: Universities (No-deal Brexit) (17 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The survey further highlights that a no-deal Brexit is utterly unacceptable. Half of Scottish respondents report difficulties in retaining or recruiting European Union staff, and one third say that demand from EU students has fluctuated. We know that more than a quarter of Scottish university research staff are EU citizens. Scotland has the highest proportion of EU university enrolments in...

Scottish Parliament: Universities (No-deal Brexit) (17 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I welcome the return of the post-study work visa, which the UK Government has announced in the past few days, and I pay tribute to the campaigning by the higher education sector in Scotland—our institutions and student organisations—and, of course, by colleagues in the Scottish Government who have worked in partnership with them ever since the original visa was scrapped. We welcome the...

Scottish Parliament: Universities (No-deal Brexit) (17 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: It is absolutely the case that the removal of freedom of movement will make it very difficult for our universities to compete with the rest of Europe in a range of ways. I do not have time to go into all of them now, but I referred to some of those impacts in my previous answer. I absolutely support any calls for the UK Government to reinstate a commitment to freedom of movement and to a much...

Scottish Parliament: Universities (No-deal Brexit) (17 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I urge Oliver Mundell and his Conservative colleagues to get their heads out of the sand and recognise the damage that is already being caused to our Scottish further and higher education and science sectors before Brexit has even happened. If Oliver Mundell cared about the future of our students, our knowledge economy and our universities and colleges, he would stop campaigning for Brexit...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight (11 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I will link the cabinet secretary’s comments about barley, the farmers’ contribution and whisky. Given his constituency interests, he will agree that Speyside is the home of Scotch whisky. Will he join me in paying tribute to James Campbell, who is the chairman of the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival and a keeper of the quaich. Over many years, along with his team, he has made a success...

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research) (10 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Presiding Officer, “A ‘no-deal’ exit from the EU is the worst option for science.” Those are not my words but those of the president of the UK Royal Society, Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan. He was speaking in reaction to the UK Government’s recently announced plans to fast-track visas for top researchers after Brexit. This latest proposal, like so many others that have been put...

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research) (10 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Only the Scottish Conservative party could say that there is no chaos in Westminster; it is there for everyone to see within the member’s divided party. I doubt that any member in this chamber has ever experienced anything like what we are seeing in Westminster. While members of the new Prime Minister’s Cabinet recline on the benches of the House of Commons and shut down Parliament,...

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research) (10 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: That could be devastating for our universities and institutions, given that students from the EU and beyond may find Scotland and the wider UK much less attractive destinations to come to study, visit and potentially work in, because of the messages that they are receiving from the UK Government. Likewise, for investment and research funds, if we are locked out of the substantial European...

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research) (10 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research) (10 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: In the light of the consensus that the member is fostering, will he say whether he agrees that no deal is the worst possible outcome for Scotland’s further and higher education and research sectors and therefore should not be voted for at any point and should be resisted at every stage?

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research) (10 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research) (10 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Immigration Policy (Universities and Scientific Research) (10 Sep 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Will the member explain how Brexit will help universities to address the financial challenges that he suggests are faced by the higher education sector?

Scottish Parliament: Medical School Places (Scottish Universities) (19 Jun 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government is taking a number of measures to ensure that Scottish students from all sectors of society can access medical places. We are, for instance, funding 50 ring-fenced widening access places, focused on applicants from the 20 per cent most-deprived council wards. As of 2019, we are also increasing numbers from 40 to 50 on our targeted pre-medical entry courses, which are...


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