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Review of Coherent Provision and Sustainability

These web pages provide information about the SFC review of coherent provision and sustainability. You will find information on the review process and background materials outlining the purpose and scope of the review.

If you would like to engage with us on the review, please use our dedicated email address: reviewsecretariat@sfc.ac.uk

Review of Coherent Provision and Sustainability

Phase 3 Report: Coherence and Sustainability: A Review of Tertiary Education and Research

The Phase 3 Report sets out the significant strengths of Scotland’s colleges and universities, the challenges they are facing over the coming years, and recommends ways to continue to secure good outcomes for current and future students in terms of fair access, good quality learning environments, and readiness for their next steps in the world; for employers and the changing world of work; and for wider social and economic benefit.


Phase 2 Progress Update

This brief report provides an update on activity since the publication of our Phase 1 Review Report, with a particular focus on addressing the immediate challenges presented by COVID-19 and on our developing thinking across the themes identified through our call for evidence.


Phase 1 Report: Insights to Develop Further

The Phase 1 report reflects the views of more than 100 organisations and many individuals. It is published alongside an updated analysis of the financial sustainability of colleges and universities; a the findings of a review of Regional Strategic Bodies; an international benchmarking study; and an overview of the context that supports the Phase 1 report.

Responses to Phase 1 Call for Evidence

In line with our commitment to a transparent and collaborative process, we have published responses to the Phase 1 Call for Evidence. In doing so, we have removed Annex B (Respondent Information). Responses have been published in alphabetical order.


Commission from Scottish Ministers

Richard Lochhead MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, wrote to SFC Chair, Mike Cantlay, to commission SFC to undertake a review of coherent provision and sustainability.

30 June 2020: Response from SFC Chair, Mike Cantlay, to Ministerial commission.

Review Briefing

We have developed a comprehensive briefing (published: 30 June 2020) which provides detail on the scope, nature and timing of the review.

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.

Review Engagement

We are committed to an inclusive and collaborative engagement process throughout the review, using a mix of existing and new channels as outlined in this overview of review engagement [PDF].

Programme Board

The SFC review is being overseen by a Programme Board which is responsible for overseeing delivery of the review, ensuring that the project remains on track and milestones are met, that stakeholders are fully engaged and that recommendations are appropriately directed within SFC, to Scottish Ministers and to funded bodies.