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Strategic Plan

Building a connected, agile, sustainable tertiary education and research system for Scotland

SFC Strategic Plan 2022-27

Building a connected, agile, sustainable tertiary education and research system for Scotland

Our Strategic Plan 2022-27 [PDF] is structured around four objectives:

Enabling people to learn and flourish

We will invest in education that is accessible to learners from all backgrounds and throughout life; gives them a high-quality learning experience and supports them to succeed in their studies; provides opportunities to participate; and equips them to flourish in employment, further study and fulfilling lives.

Generating new ideas and diffusing knowledge

We will invest in excellent research and innovation that encourages the exploration of new ideas and thinking; advances current knowledge; attracts and nurtures talent and entrepreneurship; mobilises collaboration and additional investment; enhances our international reputation; and delivers economic transformation and societal value.

Building a responsive, coherent, sustainable system

To create the conditions for a responsive, coherent system of tertiary education and skills, research and innovation that transforms social and economic prosperity and wellbeing, and environmental sustainability, at national and regional levels and through place-based investment; secures international attractiveness and influence; and supports institutions to thrive individually and together.

Making SFC an excellent organisation

We will be an excellent public body that delivers impact through leadership, partnership, insight and wise investment.

These objectives will support the ambition for Scotland to be an outstanding place to learn, educate, research and innovate – now and for the future; and will keep us on track to fulfil our purpose of creating and sustaining a world-leading system of tertiary education, skills, research and innovation that enables students to flourish, changes lives for the better, and supports social, economic and environmental wellbeing.