Date lodged: 13 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Minister for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work on 20 March 2017, (Official Report, c. 82), to whom the chair of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) will be accountable under the new enterprise and skills governance structure; what role the new strategic board will have in directing the SFC's activities with regard to (a) promoting knowledge exchanges between universities and business, (b) developing graduates' skills and capabilities, (c) promoting excellence in teaching and research, (d) promoting access to higher education and (e) overseeing the financial sustainability and good governance of higher education, and how it will ensure that the priorities of the board do not supplant those of the SFC.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 11 May 2017
The Chair of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) will remain accountable to Scottish Ministers. The Ministerial Letter of Guidance to the SFC sets out the SG’s priorities for the SFC and the SFC will continue to be held to account against this framework. Following the creation of a Strategic Board for enterprise and skills, the new board will have responsibility for the development of a Strategic Plan for the enterprise and skills bodies, which will be approved by Ministers.