The 26* colleges operate in 13 regions across Scotland, allowing them to plan locally, regionally, and nationally for the benefit of individuals, communities, the economy, and wider society.
*includes Newbattle Abbey College and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig which sit outwith regional arrangements.
SRUC is a higher education institution which delivers further education provision.
College Funding 2022/23
Total Revenue Funding £696.3m
Student Support £137.0m
Flexible Workforce Development Fund £17.0m
Young Person’s Guarantee £10.0m
Foundation Apprenticeships £8.8m
Total Capital Funding £72.6m
Estates Maintenance £31.2m
Digital Poverty £2.9m
Over 70% of college funding goes towards staffing costs
College Revenue Funding Trend
Funding Per Student (2019/21)
Secondary School £8,278
21% of colleges’ income does not come directly from the Scottish Funding Council
Since 2007, the Scottish Government has invested over £823m in college capital projects including new campuses and buildings. A further £330m in Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) revenue funded investment has also been allocated.
State-of-the-art college campuses ensure that students can learn in innovative classrooms and workshops on industry standard equipment which enhances their learning experience and prepares them for employment.
A sector Infrastructure Strategy is being developed which will set out the framework for investment in college estates.
New campus buildings are contributing to the sector’s efforts to tackling the climate emergency by being more efficient and sustainable. In 2021, colleges also signed up to a Statement of Commitment on the Climate Emergency which support Scotland’s efforts to achieve net-zero climate emissions by 2045, with Scotland’s colleges aiming to achieve net-zero by 2040 or earlier.
There are 14,124 staff in colleges (10,849 FTEs)
Lecturing Staff 51%
Support Staff 49%
87% of full-time permanent lecturing staff have a recognised teaching qualification
2.3% of staff are from minority ethnic groups
7% of staff have a declared disability
48% of staff are aged 51 and over
5% of staff are from overseas, 4% from the EU
Management and Governance (as at 1st October 2021)