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SFC blogs published since 2018 are available to view below. See SFC archived content for earlier blogs.

27 Sep 2022

Supporting Scotland to net zero

Author: Hazel Dalgard, Senior Policy Analysis Officer, Scottish Funding Council

This Climate Week Hazel Dalgard takes a look at how Scotland’s colleges and universities are responding to the climate crisis following a summer of increased heatwaves, floods and droughts.
27 May 2022

Reach out and aim high

Author: Roma Coull, second year law student, University of Aberdeen; and Megan Innes, graduate access and articulation trainee, University of Aberdeen

Reach is an SFC-funded widening access project for eligible secondary state school students interested in becoming a doctor, lawyer, dentist or vet. Here, Reach alumni write and talk about their experiences.
16 May 2022

Partnerships and creativity pave way to NHS careers

Author: Rachel McFadden, Lecturer, West Lothian College

Rachel McFadden, a lecturer at West Lothian College, explains how her Health and Social Care students have been able to progress despite obstacles created by the pandemic.
12 May 2022

Why the REF matters

Author: Dr Stuart Fancey, Director of Research and Innovation, Scottish Funding Council

Dr Stuart Fancey, SFC’s Director of Research and Innovation, looks at the part the REF plays in supporting and developing the quality of Scottish research.
21 Apr 2022

Bridging the gap to university

Author: Dr Emily Flaherty, Academic Progression and Blended Learning Manager, Advanced Higher Hub, GCU Outreach

Dr Emily Flaherty writes about the achievements of the Glasgow Caledonian University Advanced Higher Hub and the plans underway to extend its success.
05 Apr 2022

COP26 – then, now and in the future

Author: Rebecca Petford, EAUC Scotland Programme Manager

Rebecca Petford from EAUC Scotland attended last year’s Climate Change Conference and reflects here on her thoughts and experiences on its impact on Scotland's tertiary education sector.
01 Apr 2022

A new direction for Scottish research collaboration

Author: Dr Cat Ball, Assistant Director, Research & Innovation SFC

Dr Cat Ball introduces the new Alliances for Research Challenges (ARCs) – a new way of supporting research collaboration.
18 Mar 2022

Proud to be modern

Author: Professor Andrea Nolan, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University

30 years since the 1992 Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act paved the way for the ‘modern’ university, Professor Andrea Nolan reflects on their amazing achievements.
15 Dec 2021

Developing meaningful virtual placements during COVID-19

Author: Katharine Mathison, Director of Enterprise and Business Innovation, Borders College

How do you provide students with work placements during a pandemic? Creativity, collaboration and a can-do attitude was the answer at Borders College.
17 Nov 2021

After COVID-19 we need equality more than ever

Author: Dr Bernadette Sanderson, National Schools’ Co-ordinator, Scottish Funding Council

SFC’s Dr Bernadette Sanderson explains why Scotland’s new National Schools Programme will be a timely and positive step towards more equality in tertiary education.