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The Scottish Government has published (4 February 2021) its Infrastructure Investment Plan for 2021-22 to 2025-26, alongside the Capital Spending Review. They confirm a five year plan of investment that will support 45,000 jobs and build healthcare, education and local facilities across Scotland.

Three strategic themes will guide investment decisions in Scotland:

  • Enabling the transition to net zero emissions and environmental sustainability.
  • Driving inclusive economic growth.
  • Building resilient and sustainable places and communities.

Included within the Infrastructure Plan is up to £90 million towards the Dunfermline Learning Campus which will bring together Fife College’s current Dunfermline Campus, Woodmill High and St Columba’s High School in a modern, fit for purpose, low carbon facility which it is hoped will be ready by the end of 2024.

The Capital Spending Review also confirms investment of £1,582.1 million in research and knowledge exchange activity across our universities, underpinned by additional capital investment in university research infrastructure.

The further and higher education sectors will also benefit from:

  • Investment in digital connectivity through the £600 million Reaching 100% programme.
  • £25 million investment to deliver the next five years of the £5 billion City Region and Regional Deals programme.
  • The conclusion of £75 million investment in the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland which will stimulate innovation and Scotland’s international attractiveness.

Since the draft Infrastructure Investment Plan was first published in September, the Scottish Government has increased the total spend by £2 billion to further boost economic and green recovery from the pandemic.