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European Statistics Day

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As today is European Statistics Day why not have a look at a new digital and interactive publication produced by Eurostat called ‘The life of women and men in Europe – a statistical portrait’  which includes an interactive quiz.

The publication is divided into 3 parts. Here are some findings from each part:


“Living, growing, ageing: In all member states, women leave their parental home earlier than men. In the UK, women leave their parental home at the age of 23 on average while men leave at 25 (2 years earlier for both compared with the EU average).

Learning, working, earning: On average, women earn 16% less than men in all member states. However this gender pay gap varies. The largest differences are observed in Estonia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and the UK, all above 20%.

Eating, shopping, surfing, socialising: A larger share of men than women in the EU drink alcohol on a weekly basis. For the different member states this share varies from 21% in Latvia to 52% in the UK for men, and from 5% in Romania and Lithuania to 40% in the UK for women”.

The EDC in Taylor Library receives publications in hard copy from Eurostat.  Two recent acquisitions are: Monitoring social inclusion in Europe and Smarter, greener,  more inclusive?

In addition the University of Aberdeen is recognised as a ‘research entity’ by Eurostat. This allows researchers at the University of Aberdeen to request access to microdata , the units of data that aggregate statistics are compiled from, by submitting research proposals to Eurostat.


Brexit and higher education in Scotland


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What are the implications for higher education in Scotland following the recent vote to leave the European Union?

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), which provides impartial briefing papers to aid MSPs in their parliamentary work, has produced a very useful briefing paper reviewing this.  Why not take a look?

U-Multirank: Compare Universities based on Ranking Criteria

logo_startseiteThe EU-funded project U-Multirank has published its third and largest global ranking, helping students, teachers and employers to make the right choice about universities from more than 90 countries. U-Multirank is the first global ranking that allows people to compare universities according to a broad mix of criteria: research performance, teaching and learning, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement. This year’s ranking shows that European universities lead the world in regional engagement but can still do more. This was a central issue in the European Commission’s recent consultation on the modernisation of higher education: only one fifth of the more than 1,400 respondents considered that universities play a strong role in national or regional innovation, while three-quarters strongly supported more EU level cooperation in this field. The project is funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme, which will allow more than four million young Europeans to study, work, train and volunteer in another country between 2014 and 2020.