Our Colleges

Colleges in Scotland

Engineering course at Borders CollegeCollege Funding 2021/22

Total Revenue Funding £732.8m


Student Support £144.4m

Flexible Workforce Development Fund* £17m

Young Person’s Guarantee* £10m

Mental Health £4.4m

Digital £5m

* still to be confirmed by the Scottish Government at time of publication

Foundation Apprenticeships £8.8m

Deferred Students £10m

Total Capital Funding £33.7m

College Revenue Funding Trend

2016/17 £542.5m

2017/18 £559.2m

2018/19 £588.9m

2019/20 £615.3m

2020/21 £685.3m

Figures include in-year funding

Graph showing Funding per StudentFunding Per Student (2017/18)

Pre-school £4,599

Primary £5,169

Secondary £7,127

College £3,615

University £5,437

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

College Estates

Since 2007, the Scottish Government has invested over £810m in college capital projects including new campuses and buildings.  A further £300m in Non-Profit Distributing (NPD) revenue funded investment has also been allocated.

Students require access to innovative state-of-the-art learning environments and industry-standard equipment which enhance their learning and prepare them for employment.  Many of these campuses now exist, however sustainable investment is required to bring all college estates up to a minimum standard.  In 2017, it was estimated that £360m is the minimum investment required to bring the sector’s existing estate up to an acceptable wind and water-tight condition*.

Colleges have signed up to a Statement of Commitment on the Climate Emergency which establishes 10 key actions to 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.

*source: SFC College estates condition survey 2017

Graph showing College StaffCollege Staff

Total Staff 10,981*

*these figures are full-time equivalent

Lecturing Staff 5,529 50.3%

Support Staff 5,453 49.7%


Men 39%

Women 61%


Full-time 68%

Part-time 32%

89% of full-time permanent lecturing staff have a recognised teaching qualification – a 2% increase

2% of staff are from minority ethnic groups

6% of staff have a declared disability

47% of staff are aged 51 and over

Management and Governance

(as at 1st October 2020)

College Boards

Women 49%

Men 51%

College Chairs

Women 25%

Men 75%

College Principals

Women 54%

Men 46%

Senior Management

Women 52%

Men 48%


Members’ Area

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