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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

These web pages provide links to websites where colleges and universities can find specific information for higher and further education institutions; advice on travel; and more general information on the Scottish and UK Governments’ responses.

COVID-19 information resources

Should you have any questions that are not currently addressed in the FAQ, or if there are any issues you would like to raise, please email

Latest updates

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We have collated these into this General FAQ document [PDF] which will be updated on a regular basis as new questions arise. We have also developed a dedicated FAQ document for student support [PDF], now updated for AY 2020-21.

Should you have a question that does not appear here, please email

Communications from the Scottish Funding Council

The communications are listed in reverse date order.

SFC financial impact analysis

The Covid-19 crisis has presented a unique and significant external shock to universities in Scotland, with critical implications for colleges too. This matters for students and researchers, the pipeline of future skills and talent, for innovation and international competitiveness, and for our social and economic recovery.

In April we published an initial briefing [PDF] which set out an early analysis of possible financial impacts. Given the dynamic and complex nature of the global pandemic, we committed to developing this briefing as funding availability, mitigation strategies, and responses to the pandemic came into sharper focus.

In October we published an updated analysis [PDF] which took into account updated returns from colleges and universities and presented a slightly more optimistic outlook. SFC will continue to engage; provide stability and flexibility in funding flows; support students; and work closely with governments, funding and regulatory counterparts across the UK, and other key stakeholders. Any future analysis of the impact of COVID-19 will be published on these pages.

Information for the education sector

This page includes information and advice from Scottish and UK Governments for the education sector.

COVID-19 Advice and response from Scottish and UK Governments

This page provides links to the latest information and advice, including the number of COVID-19 tests carried out in Scotland and the UK.

International and travel guidance

This page includes travel and visa information for both international and returning students.

Accessing healthcare and support

This page includes information on what the COVID-19 virus is and some of the support available. You can also contact the free NHS helpline on 0800 028 2816. Please note that the Scottish Funding Council does not have a remit to provide medical or travel advice.