In the programme of structural change, as part of the Scottish Government's post-16 reform agenda, the Government and SFC welcomed mergers where the colleges concerned agree they made sense for the regions they serve.
SFC worked closely with colleges and universities both as they moved towards merger, and during the early implementation phase.
SFC has gained knowledge and understanding on key aspects of the merger process, particularly the formal aspects including the financial, legal and technical requirements. In addition there are other key elements that are crucial to success of the merger including the cultural, communication and people issues. Many of the requirements and processes to develop and implement a federal model will be similar and are referred to in this guidance.