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Another No campaign attack has suffered a setback after a senior academic described claims on higher education as being based on “hyperbole and complete fiction”.

Vice Principal of Aberdeen University Professor Bryan MacGregor has said that the conclusions of the recent Scottish Affairs Committee report on higher education were “not backed up” by the evidence submitted – and confirmed his belief that cross-border research networks would continue after a Yes vote.

With 100 days to go to the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, at least 100 young people from across the Commonwealth will be celebrating today as they find out they will be attending a prestigious leadership programme for young Commonwealth leaders.

The 33Fifty programme, which is delivered by Common Purpose and the Royal Commonwealth Society, is part of the cultural agenda of the Games and brings together young people aged between 18 and 25.

In September 2014, a referendum will be held in Scotland to decide whether or not the nation should become independent.  This is the first real head-to-head debate in print between the two sides of the independence argument.

In this book, two of the nation’s leading political journalists will address both sides of the independence argument.  George Kerevan puts forward the case for voting Yes, and Alan Cochrane outlines the arguments for voting No.

Millions of pounds confiscated from criminals is to be invested in Scottish football for young people as part of the CashBack for Communities Scheme.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill today announced that the Scottish Football Association (SFA) is to receive £2.25 million over the next three years to provide free football activities for children and young people throughout Scotland.

Maximising voter turnout at Scottish elections is the focus of a consultation launched today.

The consultation paper “Scotland’s Electoral Future” asks for views on proposals to increase voter participation in Local Government and Scottish Parliament elections.

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