The benefits of research carried out in Scottish universities reach far beyond academia. They extend into the lives of people not only in this country but in many other parts of the world.
In 2023 three separate studies provided fresh insights into the benefits to the economy and to wider society of Scottish university research. A report from RAND Europe considers the impact on society, a report from the Fraser of Allander Institute considers the impact on the economy and a new report from SFC explains how SFC’s Research Excellence Grant underpins the whole research system.
Each report contains a wealth of evidence and together they create a detailed and robust picture of the impact of research carried out in Scotland’s universities.
Our overview report [PDF] summarises the main findings and draws conclusions from across the three reports.
Finally, SFC’s own report [PDF] uses case studies from every university in Scotland to illustrate the uses of its Research Excellence Grant (REG) and the grant’s unique value within the overall research system.
Contributing to global challenges
Our 2022 report Scotland’s Contribution to National and International Challenges looked at Scottish universities’ contribution to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as another way of understanding the scope and depth of Scotland’s research impact. The report includes statistics and case studies for each of the 17 goals.
SFC Strategic Plan 2022-27
Building a connected, agile, sustainable tertiary education and research system for Scotland.
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