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Results 61–80 of 7931 for speaker:Richard Lochhead

Scottish Parliament: Higher Education Institutions (Brexit) (1 May 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Willie Rennie raises an important issue. We have discussed maintaining the relationships between European and Scottish higher education institutions, and we have lent our support to our institutions in that regard. The Scottish Government also has plans to reach out directly to the European institutions. I know that the UK Government claims to have done that, because, when we raised the issue...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Medical Schools (Graduate Employment) (1 May 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The Higher Education Statistics Agency’s destinations of leavers from higher education survey shows that, in 2016-17, of those who were working six months after graduation, around 66 per cent of clinical medicine United Kingdom and European Union-domiciled graduates from Scottish higher education institutions worked for an NHS organisation in Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Medical Schools (Graduate Employment) (1 May 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I congratulate Miles Briggs’s researcher on digging out those fantastic quotes from the member for the Moray constituency. Although the Scottish Government continues to consider other initiatives to address that issue, we have—as, I am sure, Miles Briggs is aware—taken a number of bold steps over the past couple of years alone. The medical undergraduate intake has increased...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (Student Support) (1 May 2019)

Richard Lochhead: We are committed to supporting all students, including those who are from armed forces families. A ssuming that they meet the normal eligibility rules , members of the armed forces and their families who are ordinarily resident in Scotland can apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland to fund their higher education tuition fees. That is in addition to potential living costs support through...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (Student Support) (1 May 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I have asked my officials to look into that case in more detail. I was keen to reply to Jackie Baillie before today’s question to put her in the picture about what we are thinking. It is clear that there are different arrangements for further education and higher education. The further education issue is that there are no reciprocal arrangements with the other United Kingdom...

Scottish Parliament: Further and Higher Education (Student Support) (1 May 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I assure Maurice Corry that the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, Graeme Dey, is taking an interest in those issues, and I would be happy to update Maurice Corry on our planned conversations on what extra support could be made available for students from the armed services who have extra needs in further or higher education. I understand that some measures are in place, and I...

Scottish Parliament: The Open University at 50 (23 Apr 2019)

Richard Lochhead: First, many thanks to Claire Baker for lodging the motion and allowing us the opportunity to reflect on the Open University’s many achievements in its first 50 years. The number of speakers this evening and the passionate contributions that they have made illustrate very well the high value that members attach to the Open University. Tonight is a great opportunity for us all to join...

Scottish Parliament: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Subjects (Promotion) (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: James Watt’s achievements are a significant contribution to Scotland’s long and proud history of science, engineering and invention. We are committed to promoting STEM to everyone in Scotland. Indeed, on 13 March, we announced funding worth over £2.6 million in 2019-20 for the four Scottish science centres, and that funding will support events and activities that will be seen by around...

Scottish Parliament: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Subjects (Promotion) (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Stuart McMillan has highlighted a very topical and important issue. If we are taken out of Europe against our will, we will lose many people with the vital skills that are required for the future of the Scottish economy. It will therefore be even more important to encourage people to adopt and learn those skills in their own country, which will mean inspiring our young people to take part in...

Scottish Parliament: City of Glasgow College (Dispute) (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Local industrial relations are a matter for the City of Glasgow College and the trade unions to resolve voluntarily. Therefore, the member may wish to speak to those organisations for an update.

Scottish Parliament: City of Glasgow College (Dispute) (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The question of what is or is not an acceptable pay increase for college lecturers is a matter for negotiations between the employers, the colleges and the representatives of the staff, which are the unions. I was disappointed that talks on Monday on the wider dispute did not reach a successful conclusion despite signs of movement in recent months, meaning that—as Mr Sarwar is aware—more...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: If I could just interrupt Iain Gray’s doom and gloom with a quick intervention, does he at least acknowledge that the SNP Government and this Parliament are giving the best support package for students anywhere in the United Kingdom? Does he also acknowledge that our graduates leave with less debt by far compared with the debt that is inherited by graduates from elsewhere in the UK?

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I thank the Labour Party for bringing the motion to Parliament, which gives the Government a good opportunity to outline our impressive support for Scotland’s students. Our colleges and universities play a vital role in delivering the skills, the people and the innovation that are required to support our economy, and our students are of course central to that objective. Since 2007, the...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I am coming to the fact that the bursaries offered in our colleges and universities are the best anywhere in the UK. [ Interruption .] An FE student can receive a non-repayable bursary of up to £98.79 per week, which is the best level anywhere in the UK, including Labour-run Wales. Therefore, rather than rest on our laurels, we commissioned an independent review of student support—as...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Of course, it is our ambition to implement that guarantee; that is the purpose of what we are saying here today. [ Interruption .] That is why we are supporting Labour’s motion. Labour members should welcome that fact, not oppose the fact that we are supporting the motion. We have already begun to implement the review’s income guarantee by investing more than £5 million to increase the...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Can I take it from Murdo Fraser’s comments that his policy remains to scrap free higher education and reintroduce tuition fees?

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I very much welcome the debate, and I value the speeches that have been made by members from all parties in the chamber. We should not underestimate the challenges that Scotland’s students face. I have regular meetings with NUS Scotland, as well as with students on all our campuses across the country, so I am well aware—as, I am sure, we all are—of the day-to-day pressures that students...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I will come to the support that we give Scotland’s students, which I mentioned in my opening remarks. I believe that we offer the best package in the whole of the UK. I will address the point in a couple of seconds. We have heard a lot of hyperbole and misleading comments, particularly from Labour members, and we have heard about right-wing measures from Conservative members, as we would...

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: We are at a record high. I will come back to that point in a second or two—if time allows, given that I have taken two interventions. Despite the hyperbole and outrageous claims that we have heard from some members, it has been a good debate overall, with valuable points made. However, I need to pick up on what Jackie Baillie said about free higher education being a small part of the...


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