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Universities in Scotland are being invited to put forward projects to take advantage of up to £60m of low interest loans from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). To help combat the effects of Covid-19, one of the themes for proposals will be initiatives to help universities adapt to a post Covid-19 environment. The other key theme in response to the Climate Emergency is managing the development of university buildings to tackle carbon reduction while also making them work better for students.

The Scottish Funding Council will prioritise bids that widen their impact through partners with other universities or colleges.

Suggested proposals include:

  • Shared buildings/facilities for learning, especially those which catalyse other sources of funding.
  • Reducing the university carbon footprint.
  • Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the estate.
  • Adjustments to buildings to respond to Covid-19 and/or improve the student experience.

Universities will have until December to develop their proposals and submit them to SFC.

Karen Watt, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council said:

“The £60 million loan funding announced today will help universities adapt campuses and provision across Scotland, to tackle the challenges of climate emergency, sustainability, and Covid-19. We are looking for strong and innovative proposals that will secure change, while supporting an excellent student experience.”

You can find the call for proposal on the SFC website.