College regionalisation

Closed 6 May 2022

Opened 11 Mar 2022

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In February 2012, Scottish Ministers announced changes to the college landscape as part of wider reforms introduced by the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Act. This led to the formation of 13 college regions. During this time, college mergers reduced the number of colleges down from 41 in 2011 to 26 currently. The majority of these colleges sit within the 13 regions.

Recent reviews by the Scottish Funding Council have recommended more changes to the way colleges in some regions are run and closer collaboration between colleges and universities.

The Committee wants to look at what has been learned from this over the past decade and how this might inform future change within sector. 

Key questions

The Committee wants your views on college regionalisation with regard to:

  1. What has worked well in the college sector in the years following regionalisation? 
  2. How might the sector further improve in the years ahead?
  3. How might colleges adapt in light of current challenges such as those resulting from COVID-19?
  4. What should be the priorities of the college sector in the years ahead?

How to submit your views

Please submit your views using the online submission form, linked to below.

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. 

The call for views closes on 06 May 2022, at 23:59.


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