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EU Exit and Scottish colleges and universities

The Scottish Funding Council is working with colleges, universities and the Scottish Government to identify the potential impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on institutions, their students and their staff, and to develop plans which will ensure Scotland remains the best place in the world to learn, to educate, to research and to innovate.


While the process for the UK to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 continues and the future relationship between the UK and the EU remains unclear, colleges and universities will continue to provide the foundation upon which the economic success of Scotland is built. This briefing published on 9 December 2018 provides a summary of the potential impacts of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) on colleges and universities.

On this page we will be adding links to further information, guidance and sources of support.

EU Exit team

We have used funding available from the UK Government to create a temporary team of experts to analyse the impacts of EU Exit on colleges and universities.

The team will also support the sectors in their preparations for the UK leaving the EU:

  • Scott Cairns, Policy/Analysis Officer (data analysis), tel: 0131 313 6516, email:
  • Sarah Kirkpatrick, Assistant Director (universities, research and innovation), tel: 0131 313 6696, email:
  • Alison Malcolm, Senior Policy/Analysis Officer, tel: 0131 313 6522, email:
  • Maxine O'Neil, Policy/Analysis Officer, tel: 0131 313 6579, email:
  • Vonnie Sandlan, Assistant Director (co-ordination, colleges and skills), tel: 0131 313 6541, email:

EU Exit checklist for colleges

This independent checklist [PDF] was produced after consultation with representatives from the college sector with responsibility for EU Exit planning within their own institutions.