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Consultation on Award of University Title to Queen Margaret University College

DescriptionScottish Ministers invite views on Queen Margaret University College application for University Title
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJuly 03, 2006

Covering Letter (also available in pdf format)

Dear Sir/Madam,


We are inviting written responses, by 25 September 2006, to the attached consultation paper which invites views on Queen Margaret University College (QMUC) being awarded University Title.

Please send your comments and completed Respondent Information Form (attached at Annex A) to:

Stephen O'Connor

Scottish Executive

Enterprise, Transport & Lifelong Learning Department

Higher Education and Learners Support Division

Europa Building

450 Argyle Street

Glasgow G2 4LG

or by e-mail to:

If you have any queries please contact Stephen O'Connor on 0141 242 0180.

We would be grateful if you could clearly indicate in your response which questions or parts of the consultation paper you are responding to as this will aid our analysis of the responses received.

This consultation, and all other Scottish Executive consultation exercises, can be viewed online on the consultation web pages of the Scottish Executive website at You can find out where your nearest public internet access point is by calling Freephone 0800 77 1234.

The Scottish Executive now has an email alert system for consultations (SEconsult: This system allows stakeholder individuals and organisations to register and receive a weekly email containing details of all new consultations (including web links). SEconsult complements, but in no way replaces SE distribution lists, and is designed to allow stakeholders to keep up to date with all SE consultation activity, and therefore be alerted at the earliest opportunity to those of most interest. We would encourage you to register.

Handling your response

We need to know how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are happy for your response to be made public. Please complete and return the Respondent Information Form (attached at Annex A) as this will ensure that we treat your response appropriately. If you ask for your response not to be published we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Executive is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

Next steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public (see the attached Respondent Information Form at Annex A), these will be made available to the public in the Scottish Executive Library and on the Scottish Executive consultation web pages at: by 20 October 2006. We will check all responses where agreement to publish has been given for any potentially defamatory material before logging them in the library or placing them on the website. You can make arrangements to view responses by contacting the SE Library on 0131 244 4565. Responses can be copied and sent to you, but a charge may be made for this service.

What happens next ?

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with advice from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and any other appropriate evidence. The Privy Council writes to Scottish Ministers for advice on applications for University Title and the information obtained will help formulate the Ministers' response. We aim to issue a report on this consultation process by 15 December 2006.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to:

Stephen O'Connor

Scottish Executive

Enterprise, Transport & Lifelong Learning Department

Higher Education and Learners Support Division

Europa Building

450 Argyle Street

Glasgow G2 4LG

e-mail: stephen.o'

Gill Troup
Higher Education and Learners Support Division
Scottish Executive



Please complete the details below and return it with your response. This will help ensure we handle your response appropriately. Thank you for your help.


Postal Address:

1. Are you responding: (please tick one )

(a) as an individual ................ (go to Q2a/b and then Q4)

(b) on behalf of a group/organisation ....................(go to Q3 and then Q4)


2a. Do you agree to your response being made available to the public (in Scottish Executive library and/or on the Scottish Executive website)?

Yes .................(go to 2b below)

No, not at all........................... (we will treat your response as confidential)

2b. Where confidentiality is not requested, we will make your response available to the public on the following basis (please tick one of the following )

Yes, make my response, name and address all available ..........

Yes, make my response available, but not my name or address ...........

Yes, make my response and name available, but not my address ...........


3 The name and address of your organisation will be made available to the public (in the Scottish Executive library and/or on the Scottish Executive website). Are you also content for your response to be made available?

Yes ............

No ............. (We will treat your response as confidential)


4 We will share your response internally with other Scottish Executive policy teams who may be addressing the issues you discuss. They may wish to contact you again in the future, but we require your permission to do so. Are you content for the Scottish Executive to contact you again in the future in relation to this consultation response?

Yes ...........

No ............



Consultation is an essential and important aspect of Scottish Executive working methods. Given the wide-ranging areas of work of the Scottish Executive, there are many varied types of consultation. However, in general, Scottish Executive consultation exercises aim to provide opportunities for all those who wish to express their opinions on a proposed area of work to do so in ways which will inform and enhance that work.

The Scottish Executive encourages consultation that is thorough, effective and appropriate to the issue under consideration and the nature of the target audience. Consultation exercises take account of a wide range of factors, and no two exercises are likely to be the same.

Typically Scottish Executive consultations involve a written paper inviting answers to specific questions or more general views about the material presented. Written papers are distributed to organisations and individuals with an interest in the issue, and they are also placed on the Scottish Executive web site enabling a wider audience to access the paper and submit their responses [1]. Consultation exercises may also involve seeking views in a number of different ways, such as through public meetings, focus groups or questionnaire exercises. Copies of all the written responses received to a consultation exercise (except those where the individual or organisation requested confidentiality) are placed in the Scottish Executive library at Saughton House, Edinburgh (K Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD, telephone 0131 244 4565).

All Scottish Executive consultation papers and related publications (eg, analysis of response reports) can be accessed from the Consultations section of the Scottish Executive website, at:

The views and suggestions detailed in consultation responses are analysed and used as part of the decision making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. Depending on the nature of the consultation exercise the responses received may:

  • indicate the need for policy development or review
  • inform the development of a particular policy
  • help decisions to be made between alternative policy proposals
  • be used to finalise legislation before it is implemented

Final decisions on the issues under consideration will also take account of a range of other factors, including other available information and research evidence.

While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.



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