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Results 101–120 of 7931 for speaker:Richard Lochhead

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...

Scottish Parliament: University Students from Deprived Areas (6 Feb 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I welcome the latest statistics, which show a record increase in the number of entrants from our most deprived areas. That demonstrates significant progress on access and the continued strength of our university sector. The figures provide the first official update on progress against the Government’s widening access targets since the publication of the commission on widening access’s...

Scottish Parliament: University Students from Deprived Areas (6 Feb 2019)

Richard Lochhead: As Stewart Stevenson says, the progress has been excellent. Indeed, in 2017-18, 15.6 per cent of Scottish domiciled full-time first degree entrants to Scottish universities were from the most deprived 20 per cent of areas. That represents an increase of 1.8 percentage points compared to the figure for the previous year, and it is only 0.4 percentage points short of the Government’s interim...

Scottish Parliament: College to University Articulation (6 Feb 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The Scottish funding council is working on developing the national articulation database in order to provide a more comprehensive resource that will allow the identification of students articulating from college to university. That work is nearing completion, and the SFC is actively engaging with colleges and universities in order to quality assure the data. It is anticipated that statistics...

Scottish Parliament: College to University Articulation (6 Feb 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I am confident that Ms Martin’s students did so well because they had such an outstanding lecturer, but of course there are other issues that are relevant to the question as well. The latest release of articulation data, which covers 2014-15, shows that 8,402 higher national certificate and higher national diploma students progressed to university. On the widening access debate, the report...

Scottish Parliament: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (31 Jan 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I thank Iain Gray for bringing the debate to the chamber. I agree with virtually every single point that he made during his very fine opening speech. I also thank all the other members who contributed to the debate—again, I agree with virtually every point that they made. The Government is absolutely committed to addressing gender inequality across society, the economy and education. Only...

Scottish Parliament: Adult Learning (23 Jan 2019)

Richard Lochhead: I congratulate Colin Beattie on securing the debate on this important subject. As he said, it is the first such debate, so it is highly significant. I also note that it is the centenary of the seminal report that recognised the importance of adult education, which Colin Beattie brought to our attention. That takes us on a journey through the history of the subject, back to 1919. It is...

Scottish Parliament: Construction Industry Training Board and National Construction College (17 Jan 2019)

Richard Lochhead: The Construction Industry Training Board recently announced, as a result of a review of operations across the UK, that part of its role will be transferred to Shared Services Connected Ltd. As part of the announcement, the Construction Industry Training Board has placed on the market the national construction college at Inchinnan, but it has confirmed that it does not intend to close the...

Scottish Parliament: Construction Industry Training Board and National Construction College (17 Jan 2019)

Richard Lochhead: We are, of course, concerned about the impact that the change will have on employees who may not transfer as part of the process, and who may indeed face redundancy. As the member mentioned, my colleague, Jamie Hepburn, met the GMB yesterday to discuss a number of issues that arise out of the changes. We are convinced that our system for training in the construction sector remains robust....

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Universities and Colleges) (5 Dec 2018)

Richard Lochhead: We are doing everything in our power to mitigate the damage of Brexit and to protect Scotland’s interests, not least by confirming that eligible EU students who start an undergraduate course at a university in Scotland in autumn 2019 will have their tuition fees paid for the whole of their course. The simple truth, however, is that Brexit represents such a level of threat to our colleges...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Universities and Colleges) (5 Dec 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Richard Lyle highlights an important issue. In my previous answer, I said that the Government is committed to paying the tuition fees of EU students who will start their studies in 2019 for the course of their degree. Were we to depart the EU or have a bad deal under which we could not give out post-study work visas, we would be in the ludicrous position of not being able to have EU students...

Scottish Parliament: Bank of Scotland (Branch Closures) (28 Nov 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I thank the member for generously giving way and for raising the subject of the proposed bank closures in my constituency, in Keith and Lossiemouth. I am sure that he is aware that Moray has lost 40 per cent of its high street bank branches in the past eight years and that there is a lot of anger about the proposals for Keith and Lossiemouth. Does the member agree that, in the case of...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Yesterday, I visited Queen Margaret University, where I was given a tour by the wonderful principal, Petra Wend. She has been at the helm there for nine years and she recently announced that she will stand down next summer, so I pay tribute to her for the enormous contribution that she has made and continues to make to higher education in Scotland. Petra Wend is German. During my tour, I was...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Of course—Professor Macleod would be an excellent candidate. Indeed, there are many candidates from Scotland who have given us an enormously successful track record in science and innovation down the centuries and who have made a difference to ordinary people’s lives, not just in this country but across the world. Scots-born Nobel laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart—to name another eminent...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I am saying that Scotland is open for business. I only wish that the Conservatives would say that, too. I support the work that our universities and colleges are doing to reassure and support EU staff and their families as far as possible. In addition to the effect on people who are already here, the Home Office’s current approach to visiting scientists and researchers has already been...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Richard Lochhead: I welcome the debate and all the contributions from across the chamber, many of which I may well comment on. It reminds me that we want to pay tribute to our research community and our higher education and other institutions that make such an immense contribution to our economy and to developing knowledge and curiosity. I was just thinking about a company in Forres in my constituency called...

Scottish Parliament: Safeguarding Research Collaborations and Scientific Excellence (7 Nov 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Oliver Mundell accuses the SNP and the Scottish Government of being negative by highlighting this issue in the Scottish Parliament when it is having a negative impact. There is not one student, researcher, lecturer or member of the business community who thinks that we are going to be anything other than worse off with Brexit. Therefore, it is going to have a negative impact and the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Technical Subjects) (3 Oct 2018)

Richard Lochhead: The University of Aberdeen offers a postgraduate diploma in education for local authority staff, which was developed using Scottish Government funding. The programme is offered in a range of subjects, including technological education. In addition, the University of Highlands and Islands offers a postgraduate diploma in education. As a new minister, I hope to discuss expansion of that...

Scottish Parliament: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Technical Subjects) (3 Oct 2018)

Richard Lochhead: Peter Chapman has highlighted an important subject. He knows the challenge of attracting teachers into science, technology, engineering and mathematics and on to courses at universities and colleges. It is currently a challenge not only in Scotland but in many European countries, which is why Scotland has a STEM strategy. We are taking a number of actions to improve teacher recruitment in...


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