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Did you get the Principal’s View?
If you missed Andrea's latest online update or would like a refresh, you can watch the entire session again here...
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Over 300 colleagues join Principal Andrea Nolan on Wednesday 8 March for her first Principal’s View of 2023.

Following Andrea’s presentation, the University Leadership Team were on hand for a live Q&A, answering a number of questions from colleagues.

If you missed it or would like a refresh, you can watch the entire session again here​ and find the questions answered in the Q&A chat, below.



Is SFC likely to adjust controlled targets in future to reflect declining sector trends if these are identified across the board, so we aren't penalized?

We are proactively engaging with the SFC on our student number targets and the SFC are aware of the varying pressures impacting the sector.

In terms of college applicants, could there perhaps be some brief feedback given to unsuccessful college educated applicants, such that unsuccessful candidates could learn what the issue was and thereby improve their skills/application for the following year?  This could be really important and useful feedback where applications are multistage eg. application>portfolio>interview>decision.

Across the University, 63% of direct entry applications from Scotland's colleges receive an offer, although there are some pressure points for particular programmes (such as Sport & Exercise Science). The student's academic profile is key in terms of receiving an offer. The Admissions Team do provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants on request, and where decisions are devolved to the School for interviews (such as Nursing) or portfolio reviews (SACI) the Admissions Team will reach out to selectors for feedback. Our College Outreach Team in IO&SR alongside academic colleagues in our Schools work closely with our college partners to advise students on the application process.

The new Check In system is giving incorrect student attendance data – often 25-75% less students in class that those reported as “checked in”.  Lower attendance gives us early warning for student retention.  Is the system going to record location data to ensure students can’t send the check in codes to their non-attending friends? Otherwise we’re having to manually check in students – adding a staff pain point.

The Check In App does now record location as determining whether a check in is verified or not. A reporting tool is currently being developed by IS to enable this data to be acted upon appropriately.


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