Date lodged: 13 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the 2017-18 guidance issued to the Scottish Funding Council by the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science on 30 March 2017, what role it considers this will mean colleges and universities will have in delivering the national priorities set by ministers.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 11 May 2017
Education is this Government’s defining mission. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that every young person can access learning that will provide them with the skills and qualifications to succeed in life and enable them to help create and benefit from sustainable economic growth in Scotland. The role of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) is critical to helping us achieve both excellence and equity in education. As set out in the SFC’s 2017-18 letter of guidance, Ministers expect the SFC to make decisions that ensure the funds provided to it by the Scottish Government are used to drive sustainable economic growth, deliver the priorities detailed in the letter and achieve the outcomes set out in the SFC’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan.