The Scottish Funding Council allocates about £1.6 billion in public funds to Scotland’s 19 universities and 25 colleges each year for:

  • Learning and teaching
  • Skills development
  • Research and innovation
  • Widening access to further and higher education
  • Student support funds (for college students)
  • Other costs such as staff, buildings and equipment

It has a statutory duty to secure coherent, high quality further and higher learning provision by colleges and universities in Scotland and the undertaking of research.

It does this by investing in the development of a college and university system which, through enhanced learning, research and knowledge exchange, leads to improved economic, educational, social, civic and cultural outcomes for the people of Scotland.

The Scottish Funding Council’s main activities are:

  • Developing and managing Outcome Agreements;
  • Progressing national priorities in widening access to learning, skills, research, knowledge exchange and innovation;
  • Supporting collaboration between colleges and universities; and
  • Payments to colleges and universities and other statutory functions.

Support for Connected Scotland

As a strong believer in the benefits of joint working, SFC is proud to support Connected Scotland. SFC strives to improve quality and support excellence in teaching, research and knowledge exchange. Supporting collaborations in the college and university sectors is key to this work, which includes Scotland’s world-leading research pools and Innovation Centres.

SFC looks forward to being a committed partner in Connected Scotland to foster stronger international links for Scottish universities and enhance the strengths of the sector.