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Privacy policy

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you log in as a registered user. If you register on our site you will be asked to enter your organisation and contact details. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used to:

  • Personalise your use of the SFC website.
  • Send you targeted email notifications which match your selected interests.
  • Help us to understand who our subscribers are and what their interests are.

Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email. Alternatively you can email us at

How do we protect your information?

All supplied personal data is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and is stored in line with the SFC Data Protection policy.  

Do we use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers' systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

We use cookies to:

  • Store your registered username (subscribers only) for logging in.
  • Collect anonymous visitor statistics using Google Analytics.

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By default this site will use the following cookies, unless you choose to opt out

Cookies used on this website are:

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This cookie is essential for the website facilities and is set upon your arrival to the website. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

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This cookie is essential for the website facilities and is set upon your arrival to the website. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.


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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

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This cookie is set when you log in to the site and is removed from your machine 10 days after visiting the site.


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This cookie defines whether or not the user has decided to opt in or out of cookies.


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This cookie determines if the cookie banner should be displayed or not.


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We occasionally embed YouTube videos on our website using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer (including Flash) but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information if you play the video.

Further information from embedding YouTube videos.

AddThis social media share tool

We use an third party tool called AddThis to enable users to share specific web pages on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. See the AddThis Privacy Policy.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

Details you provide are for the purpose of populating the Scottish Funding Council's contact database and to personalise your use of the SFC website. We use this database to provide you with accurate information and services regarding SFC business or similar further and higher educational issues.

Information that is already in the public domain may be available to the general public on request in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Any personal information you input into the database will not be used for any other purpose or passed on to third parties.

Your consent

By using our site, you consent to this website's privacy policy.

Changes to our privacy policy

We will post any changes to this Privacy Policy on this page.


We provide this website under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy you can contact us at