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17 May 2017

The Data Revolution

Author: Caroline Stuart, board member of the Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland.

The data revolution is brimming with opportunities for those who understand how the world is changing. Caroline’s blog is a fascinating insight into digital disruption examining its implications for both business and for education.
11 May 2017

Data Saves Lives

Author: Dr Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council

Imagine being able to predict which residents of sheltered housing are at increased risk of a fall or being able to plan ahead for needs of tourists arriving in Scotland’s great cities.
12 Apr 2017

Creating the climate for innovation

Author: Sir Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee and Chair of Interface Strategic Board

There was a time when Scotland brimmed with ingenuity. Many of the ideas and inventions that have shaped the modern world can be traced back to the hotbed of genius that was the Scottish Enlightenment.
29 Mar 2017

Defining the future of imaging research

Author: Dr Kristin Flegal, SINAPSE Lead Scientist

Scotland has a central role in the history of medical imaging, from electromagnetic fields in the 19th century to the more recent obstetric ultrasound, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging. SINAPSE celebrates and continues that tradition as the Scottish pooling group for imaging research.
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 & 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.