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Results 81–100 of 7929 for speaker:Richard Lochhead

Scottish Parliament: Student Support (20 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I want to reassure Mary Fee that, as I have said, the Government will support the Labour Party’s motion. I undertake, as minister, to inform Parliament in early course about our journey towards the minimum income guarantee.

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: It has been 994 days since the European Union referendum. Yet, as we all know, because Westminster and the United Kingdom Government remain engulfed in chaos, we still do not have any clarity as to where Scotland and the UK will be in 15 days’ time. It happens to be science week, and I remind Parliament that our scientific and research excellence is going to be disproportionately harmed by...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I thank Liz Smith for the spirit in which she asked her questions. On her first point, which was in relation to the status of EU students and the guarantee that we have given to pay their fees for academic year 2019-20, as I said in my statement, we continue to reflect on what the outcome of the current shambolic process at Westminster might be for Scotland and the UK’s status in the...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: On Iain Gray’s demand for clarity, he should be asking not this Parliament or this Government for clarity on what is happening with regard to Brexit; he should be asking the UK Conservative Government for clarity, given the chaos that is happening at Westminster this week alone. Let us get clarity on what is happening down there to enable us to take proper decisions for the future of...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Ross Greer highlights the huge contribution that Erasmus makes to the experience of Scottish students and—indeed—the experience of EU students who come to study in Scotland for a short time through Erasmus. We have made the strongest representations to the UK Government on the UK and Scotland continuing to have full participation in Erasmus+. We want to see the UK Government adopt that...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Just as Tavish Scott expressed his sympathy for the position that I find myself in as Scotland’s further and higher education minister, I express my sympathy for the position that Mr Scott’s constituent, Catriona Mullay, finds herself in, because many Scots have benefited from attending the European University Institute. I have written to the UK Government on that issue in the last week...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Clare Adamson highlights such an important issue: the impact not only on researchers and students at Scottish institutions, but on the future of the Scottish economy. This morning I was at the University of the West of Scotland, where I spoke to students—many of whom were international and European students—who are involved in a £15 million programme that looks at the impact of 5G and...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: As I have just said, we have very limited guarantees on the future participation of Scotland and the UK in horizon 2020, and that is simply not good enough. The UK Treasury is carrying out a value for money exercise before it takes further decisions on our future participation—with or without a deal. Scotland should be involved in that process, because we are the biggest beneficiary of...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Clearly, we are very keen to make sure that Scotland takes maximum advantage of any UK Research and Innovation funds. Members will have noticed that there was an announcement this week of funding for the University of Edinburgh from one of the funds. That is welcome, but we have to remember that those are existing funds, and what we are talking about is European funding over and above those...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: That is an excellent question from James Kelly. At the forefront of my mind is how we ensure that we have the skills required for the future of the Scottish economy, given that we face a reduction in the number of young people through demographic changes in this country. If that were to be compounded by a reduction in the number of EU workers coming to this country, that would be highly...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I know that Stuart McMillan has mentioned before how he benefited from the Erasmus scheme. He is a perfect example of where one can go in life by enriching one’s experience through such schemes. Indeed, I undertook a Carnegie Trust scholarship when I was a student and I travelled to Brussels and Copenhagen as part of my research for my dissertation. It fills me with horror to think that my...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The changes that were announced yesterday are a small, necessary step forward, which, of course, I welcome, but it is important to convey to the chamber that it is a very small part of a much bigger picture. If we take the £30,000 salary threshold in the UK Government’s immigration policy, any institution will tell us that that will cover a small percentage of the researchers who come from...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Further and Higher Education) (14 Mar 2019)

Richard Lochhead: Again, with regard to this week’s votes in Westminster, we do not know what is going to happen over the next few weeks in the run-up to the end of the month. However, if there is no deal, Scottish undergraduate students who are studying full time in the EU will become international students and potentially will lose their rights. That could have devastating consequences. If there is no...

Scottish Parliament: College Students (Numbers) (6 Feb 2019)

Richard Lochhead: We have exceeded our target of 116,269 full-time equivalent college places and have exceeded the target every year since 2011. As recent Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council statistics show, in 2017-18, an estimated 95.5 per cent of learning hours were delivered on courses that led to a recognised qualification, which is a 6.8 percentage point increase since 2006-07.

Scottish Parliament: College Students (Numbers) (6 Feb 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The current disputes between lecturers and their employers are, of course, a matter for those two parties to resolve. I will continue to urge them to do that, because it is in the interests of students. The strike this week was regrettable, given that I understand that the most recent talks, a few days ago, were quite positive. I hope that they continue in that spirit. On how our colleges are...

Scottish Parliament: College Students (Numbers) (6 Feb 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s report “Tapping all our Talents” is excellent; we spoke about that subject in a members’ business debate a few days ago. The Scottish Government is looking very closely at a number of recommendations in the report, and our first annual report on the Scottish Government’s strategy for STEM, which includes a number of measures to address gender-related...

Scottish Parliament: Colleges (Capital Spending Plans) (6 Feb 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The 2019-20 draft budget for college capital will continue to provide funding for the maintenance of the college sector estate and the completion of the new Forth Valley College campus in Falkirk. The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council will allocate this year’s funding for college maintenance with a view to meeting priority needs, and will publish indicative allocations...

Scottish Parliament: Colleges (Capital Spending Plans) (6 Feb 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government, through the Scottish funding council, is working closely with our colleges and universities with regard to capital expenditure. The member is quite right—of course there is huge pressure on our capital budget. That pressure is across the Scottish Government; it is not just an issue for further and higher education. We would like more United Kingdom funding to come...

Scottish Parliament: “Towards a Cooperative University” (6 Feb 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish Government welcomes all contributions on the future of the higher education sector in Scotland, and we have noted the content and views expressed in that particular document, which I thank Patrick Harvie for bringing to my attention.

Scottish Parliament: “Towards a Cooperative University” (6 Feb 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I read “Towards a Cooperative University” in preparation for answering Patrick Harvie’s question, and I am thankful to him for lodging it. Like the principal of QMU, I agree with many of the sentiments in the document. The Scottish Government will always be constructive and look for new ideas in relation to the culture of our universities. However, they are, of course, autonomous...


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