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Degree apprenticeships: a missing link in Scotland’s skills system

Degree apprenticeships: a missing link in Scotland’s skills system

Scotland is facing a skills gap that could hamper its economic growth and competitiveness, according to a new research by the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC). The study reveals that over a fifth (22%) of the UK’s top 100 universities do not offer degree apprenticeships, a work-based route to higher education that combines academic learning with practical training. What are degree apprenticeships and why do they matter? Degree apprenticeships are a relatively new form of education that allow students to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree while working for an employer. They typically last between three and six years and…
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Scots mum sentenced to prison for assaulting her ex and his new partner

Scots mum sentenced to prison for assaulting her ex and his new partner

A mother of two from Scotland has been jailed for 18 months after she attacked her former boyfriend and his new girlfriend in a fit of jealousy. The court heard how she punched, kicked, and bit the victims, leaving them with bruises and cuts. A violent confrontation The incident happened on 9 February 2023, when Kirsty McMillan, 32, went to the home of her ex-partner, Mark McLean, 35, in Glasgow. She had been drinking and taking drugs, and was angry that he had moved on with another woman, Nicole McPherson, 28. She barged into the flat and confronted the couple,…
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Woman suffers years of abuse and threats from violent ex-partner

Woman suffers years of abuse and threats from violent ex-partner

A woman has revealed how she endured years of abuse and threats from her violent ex-partner, who was finally jailed for his crimes. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she was tormented by the man, who controlled every aspect of her life and made her fear for her safety. Abusive relationship The woman met the man, who is 38 years old, in 2019 and they started a relationship. She soon discovered that he had a history of domestic violence and had been convicted of assaulting his previous partners. He also had a problem with alcohol and…
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How COP28 can address the climate impact of agriculture

How COP28 can address the climate impact of agriculture

The COP28 climate change summit is underway in Dubai, where world leaders are expected to take urgent action to limit global warming and its devastating consequences. One of the key issues that needs to be addressed is the shocking amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by farming, which accounts for about 10% of the global total. Agriculture and climate change: a vicious cycle Agriculture is both a victim of and a contributor to climate change. On the one hand, agricultural activities emit greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, which trap heat in the atmosphere and cause the…
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Edinburgh Fringe venue finds new home after relocation

Edinburgh Fringe venue finds new home after relocation

Fringe Society plans to build new headquarters The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the organisation that runs the world’s largest arts festival, has announced plans to build a new headquarters in a former primary school in the city centre. The project, which is expected to cost £7 million, will create a Fringe community hub that will provide support and resources for artists, venues, staff and audiences. The Fringe Society said the funding for the project came from the UK government’s capital investment fund, which is ring-fenced for physical infrastructure projects. The society said it had been looking for a new home…
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Brexit ‘robbed a generation of Scots’ says minister | The National

Brexit ‘robbed a generation of Scots’ says minister | The National

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture has accused the UK government of robbing a generation of Scots of their future by imposing Brexit on them. Angus Robertson said that Brexit was a “disaster” for Scotland and that the Scottish people deserved the right to choose their own destiny in a second independence referendum. Brexit impact on Scotland Robertson, who is also the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), said that Brexit had caused significant damage to Scotland’s economy, society and international reputation. He cited the loss of trade, investment, jobs, EU funding, freedom of…
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Dundee charity launches new project to help children in poverty

Dundee charity launches new project to help children in poverty

Dundee Bairns provides food and clothes to needy families Dundee Bairns is a charity that aims to tackle child poverty in Dundee by providing food and clothes to children and families who are struggling. The charity was founded in 2014 and has since helped thousands of people in the city. The charity runs various projects, such as the Fun and Food programme, which offers free meals and activities to children during school holidays, and the School Uniform Bank, which supplies new and second-hand uniforms to pupils. Bairns at Home delivers essential items to homes The charity has recently launched a…
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