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Our funding supports:

  • New and upgraded physical buildings and campus estate.
  • Essential digital infrastructure and collective procurement for the sector.
  • Effective and sustainable spaces for learning, research and innovation.

College Infrastructure Strategy

SFC’s approach to determining future investment in Scotland’s college estate and other college infrastructure is set out in the SFC’s College Infrastructure Strategy: The approach to delivering Scotland’s College Infrastructure Plan. The Strategy sets out the collective approach between SFC and colleges to develop an Infrastructure Investment Plan which will cover the period 2024-34. The Investment Plan will identify investment need, which includes investment for net zero, training equipment and digital needed for a sustainable college estate to deliver the desired outcomes for students, staff and communities.

College Infrastructure Strategy Delivery Plan

Our College Infrastructure Strategy Delivery Plan supports the development of an Infrastructure Investment Plan for the college sector.


Digital Infrastructure


We provide funding to Jisc, the UK higher and further education sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions.

Jisc operates shared digital infrastructure and services, negotiates sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers and provides trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges and learning providers.

The SFC-Jisc Outcome Agreement AY 2022-23 [PDF] sets out its contribution to our strategic objectives. Jisc has submitted its Report on Jisc SFC Outcome Agreement 2021-22 [PDF].


Through our funding for Jisc, we are a key funding partner for the Janet network. Janet provides reliable and secure connectivity and services which support innovative learning and teaching within further and higher education, underpins collaborations with research partners and enables business efficiencies. This includes funding for the Janet6 network and access programme in Scotland. The network infrastructure is regularly upgraded for capacity and improved functionality.


We support the development of the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN). This Scottish Government initiative aims to create a single network for public sector organisations. It achieves efficiencies through combined procurement, promoting collaboration and shared public services through a shared platform and common standards. SWAN will play a key role in providing institutions with local network connectivity in the future.

ICT Strategy

The Further and Higher Education ICT Strategy was produced in response to the publication of the Scottish Government’s Digital Public Services Strategy and the McClelland Review of public sector ICT. The strategy sets out how efficiencies in ICT will be realised through greater collaboration by colleges and universities, and notes the particular contribution of Jisc to this.

SFC Strategic Plan 2022-27

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

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