Colleges in Scotland

College Funding 2020-21

Total Revenue Funding £658.7m*

*Excludes additional one-off COVID-19 investment streams


Total Student Support £138.0m

Flexible Workforce Development Fund £13.0m

Total Capital Funding £35.7m*

*plus additional COVID-19 Estates Maintenance £6.5m

and COVID-19 Digital Capital £2.3m


30% of colleges’ income does not come directly from the Scottish Funding Council

Colleges have exceeded activity targets (currently 116,269 FTEs) every year for the last 14 years

College Estates

picture of inside one of the colleges

Over the last 11 years, £935.7m has been invested in college estates. Campuses across Scotland provide state-of-the-art learning environments, equipped with the latest innovation and technology, which enhances the student experience and enables people of all ages to obtain technical, professional and vocational education and skills to reach their potential and progress into further study, training or employment. In addition, colleges are civic anchors which bind communities together by providing local hubs for people to meet and offering campus amenities such as sports facilities, hair salons, beauty services, and restaurants that are affordable for the people within the local area.

The college sector has reduced its absolute emissions – carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) – by 7%, from 45,535 tonnes of CO2e in 2017-18 to 42,563 tonnes in 2018-19

College Staff

Total Staff 10,955*

Support Staff 5,435 (49.6%)
Lecturing Staff 5,520 (50.4%)

*these figures are full-time equivalent

college staff graphs


Women 61%
Men 39%


Full-time 69%
Part-time 31%

87% of full-time permanent lecturing staff have a recognised teaching qualification

2% of staff are black and minority ethnic

6% of staff have a declared disability 

Gender Split on College Boards

Women 48%
Men 52%

graph of gender split on college boards

Gender Split of College Principals

Women 50%
Men 50%

graph of gender split of college principals

Gender Split of Senior Management

Women 52%
Men 48%

graph of gender split of senior management