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

18 Sep 2020

Why do we need electric vehicles?

Author: Barry Faichnie, Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Glasgow Clyde College

Barry Faichnie from Glasgow Clyde College looks at how increasing electric vehicle (EV) ownership is helping to tackle the climate emergency, and why colleges are well positioned to meet the demands of training and upskilling that comes with the move to EVs.
30 Jul 2020

UMIS’s ‘Capturing Lives’: Using university collections to engage young people through lockdown

Author: Sarah Burry-Hayes, Co-ordinator of University Museums in Scotland (UMIS)

University museums have been adapting to Covid-19 since March. Sarah Burry-Hayes discusses how they treated the lockdown as an opportunity to offer digital content and programming.
03 Jul 2020

Lost limbs, lives and livelihoods: a collaboration to understand the behaviour of communities in land mine-affected Myanmar

Author: Dr Brian Barrett, University of Glasgow, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences

The project is supported by £51K from the University of Glasgow GCRF Small Grants Fund which enabled the project team to undertake detailed field work and run focus groups to discuss how community and individual behaviour with respect to landmine risk can be improved in Myanmar.
22 Jun 2020

Supporting autistic students in uncertain times.

Author: Catriona Mowat, Disability Manager, Student Wellbeing Service, Glasgow Caledonian University

Catriona Mowat describes how the Student Wellbeing Service at Glasgow Caledonian University became the first in the UK to receive accreditation by the National Autistic Society (NAS).
14 May 2020

How college innovation is bringing online learning to health and social care workers

Author: Gordon Manson – Lecturer in Health and Social Care, Forth Valley College

Forth Valley College’s e-learning induction programme is one of the projects being funded by the Scottish Funding Council’s College Innovation Fund.
06 Apr 2020

What the COVID-19 emergency is teaching us about our institutions

Author: Karen Watt, SFC Chief Executive

SFC Chief Executive, Karen Watt, pays tribute to the early response by Scotland’s colleges and universities to the pandemic.
27 Mar 2020

Taking action to reduce carbon emissions from University business travel

Author: Siôn Pickering, SRS Project Coordinator for Edinburgh University

This weekend for Earth Hour Siôn Pickering writes about the need for Universities to cut back on emissions through reduction in business travel.
11 Mar 2020

Getting additional support needs right

Author: Lucia Ramon Mateo, Funding Policy Officer, Scottish Funding Council

Understanding student needs is essential to our collective support for ASN students writes Lucia Ramon Mateo.
21 Feb 2020

Mediating multilingualism – in Scotland and India

Author: Gordon Wells, Project Manager, Soillse

On International Mother Language Day, Gordon Wells reflects on the value of multilingualism.
10 Feb 2020

Beyond tolerance, towards acceptance

Author: Sukhi Bains, Chair of the Scottish Race Equality Network (Colleges & Universities), Head of E&D at the University of St Andrews, and global EDI Freelancer.

Sukhi Bains reflects on respect, dignity and privilege.