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22 Mar 2017

Ready or Not?

Author: John Kemp, Interim Chief Executive, SFC

The Scotsman recently revisited the perennial debate on graduates’ readiness for the workplace.
08 Mar 2017

International Women’s Day - How Scottish colleges are responding to the GAP

Author: Alison Malcolm, Policy Analysis Officer, Access & Skills

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and to declare bold actions an individual or organisation will take to help progress the gender agenda.
01 Mar 2017

Growing a stronger, safer Scotland

Author: Deanne Holden, Research & Innovation Directorate

The seeds of SFC funding have the potential to grow great things. A review, published today, shows that our initial funding for a research project ten years ago has made a difference, helping to contribute towards a safer Scotland and forging strong links between police and academia.
15 Feb 2017

Getting more people to take the plunge

Author: Alison Malcolm, Policy Analysis Officer, Access & Skills

From 2020, children aged 3-5 (and some 2-year-olds) will be entitled to 1,140 hours of free Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). The Scottish Government also recently pledged to ensure an additional graduate is working in ELC settings in each area of multiple deprivation by 2018.
01 Feb 2017

Taking up the Carbon Challenge

Author: David Beards, Research and Innovation Team

Last week, the Scottish Government published both its draft Scottish Energy Strategy and draft Climate Change Strategy, outlining an ambitious vision for a low-carbon Scotland.
25 Jan 2017

A Quantum Leap Forward

Author: Dr Stuart Fancey, SFC Director of Research and Innovation

I recently had the privilege of attending the launch of QuantIC, Scotland's brand new innovation space for quantum physics based at the University of Glasgow. Now, I know the words “quantum physics" can bamboozle all but the most scientifically-minded amongst us so let me explain the kind of thing that’s going on there.
16 Jan 2017

Collaborating to succeed; SICSA and the Scottish Research Pools

Author: Dr Stuart Fancey, SFC Director of Research and Innovation

Scottish Research Pools are one of our universities' great success stories. Not only do they demonstrate the value of collaboration in academic research, they prove how well we can cooperate within our small, well-connected and inventive country.
15 Dec 2016

SICSA: Collaborative Research in Computing

Author: Steven Kendrick, Executive Officer, Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)

What does Scottish research pooling look like from the inside? Steven Kendrick, Executive Officer at the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), gives a unique perspective.
05 Dec 2016

Celebrating Scotland’s global status in Mountain Biking

Author: Dr John Kemp, Interim Chief Executive, SFC

You may not realise it, but Scotland is a global leader in mountain biking. Not only that, but it’s worth around £50 million a year to the Scottish economy. Add in the economic impact of those who take part in the sport and the value soars to £130 million.
25 Nov 2016

SFC-funded ‘Predictive’ Research makes Scottish Tourism Sector Smarter

Author: Dr Stuart Fancey, SFC Director of Research and Innovation

Tourism in Scotland is vitally important to the economy; it contributes £6 billion to Scottish GDP every year and accounts for around 8% of employment. But can ‘smart technology’ and data help develop tourism and, crucially, ensure visitors have a great experience here? How can the tourism industry harness current opportunities and achieve further growth?