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Skills, Enhancement, Access and Learning Committee

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The Skills, Enhancement, Access and Learning (SEAL) Committee is committed to enhancing the student learning experience in Scotland’s colleges and universities.

The Committee has a role to advise SFC on matters relating to skills, access and quality. This includes the development and strengthening of the student and employer experience of the tertiary education system, with broad areas of advice including but not limited to:

  • The student lived experience including learning and teaching and quality and how learners access, complete, and progress through and from tertiary education. This should include understanding of the range of learners – and how their experiences are being protected and enhanced – within our tertiary education system.
  • Maximising the tertiary sector’s impact on the economy, including the coherence of SFC funded provision, the development of strategic and impactful partnerships with employers across the education and skills system, and work to address employers’ and learners’ needs.
  • Providing advice on the future development of the tertiary education system by understanding and being alerted to changing student expectations and needs and future societal and economic issues. This should include learning from policy and system development elsewhere in the UK and globally.

Committee membership

External members

Donella Beaton
Vice Principal, Economic Development, Robert Gordon University

Anne Campbell
Vice Principal – Curriculum, Ayrshire College

Ellie Gomersall
NUS Scotland President, NUS Scotland

Helyn Gould
Deputy, Associate Principal, University of Strathclyde

Professor Kevin Kelman
Director of NHS Scotland Academy, Learning and Innovation, NHS Education for Scotland (NES)

Gordon McGuinness
Director of Industries & Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland

Committee Clerk

Nick Stansfeld
Policy/Analysis Officer, tel: 0131 313 6539

Committee papers

Skills, Enhancement, Access and Learning Committee meeting papers

Next meeting dates

1 October 2024.

SFC Strategic Plan 2022-27

Building a connected, agile, sustainable tertiary education and research system for Scotland.

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