Date lodged: 6 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recommendation by Audit Scotland in its report Scotland's colleges 2016, whether it and the Scottish Funding Council will announce how they will measure and publicly report progress in delivering all of the benefits that were expected from college regionalisation and mergers.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 14 September 2016
The Scottish Funding Council’s overarching report ‘Impact & Success of Programme of College Mergers in Scotland’ was published on 22 August 2016. It evaluates the impact of mergers and their success in delivering intended benefits and outcomes. It further concluded that the strategic outcomes of mergers, and the key benefits for students and stakeholders have been, or are in the process of being, achieved.