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The Scottish Funding Council has today (8 January 2020) announced the appointment of Donna MacKinnon as the new Director of Access, Learning and Outcomes. The appointment follows a recruitment process that attracted a strong field of high calibre candidates.

Donna joins SFC from the Scottish Government where, most recently, she has been Deputy Director and Head of Community Justice. With 13 years of experience in the Scottish Government across justice, health and local government, she brings with her both a breadth of policy expertise and a background in research, statistics and analysis.

Early on in her working life, Donna spent five years as a lecturer in sociology and history and as a researcher in youth culture, education and employment, with a focus on rural areas.

Commenting on the appointment, Karen Watt, SFC Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Donna to SFC. From her time in the university sector and within a broad range of roles in Scottish Government, she brings with her a wealth of valuable skills and experience which will help SFC deliver our mission to shape the future of learning, skills, research and innovation in Scotland.”

Donna will join SFC in March 2020.