We are the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council, more commonly known as the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

We are Scotland’s tertiary education and research authority and our purpose is to sustain a world-leading system of tertiary education, research and innovation that enables students to flourish, changes lives for the better, and supports social, economic and environmental wellbeing and prosperity.

We do this by investing around £2 billion of public money to deliver:

  • Tertiary learning and teaching.
  • Skills and apprenticeships.
  • Student support and participation.
  • Research, innovation and knowledge exchange.
  • Data collection and dissemination.
  • National quality assurance and enhancement processes.
  • Capital and digital infrastructure for the sector.
  • Strategic change, responsive provision and research priorities.

As a non-departmental public body established by the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005, we are directly accountable to Scottish Government Ministers and the Scottish Parliament. We work across many government portfolios and are sponsored by the Lifelong Learning Directorate.

We hold colleges, universities and other funded bodies to account for their delivery of required outcomes. We are also the statistical authority for colleges, and work closely with the UK-wide Higher Education Statistical Authority (HESA), to provide data and statistics for government, decision-makers, and the wider public.

We work in partnership with a wide range of partners and bodies, including those we fund, across all aspects of our remit.

You must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for these roles: we do not offer sponsorships.

Further information about SFC is available on our website Scottish Funding Council home page (sfc.ac.uk)

We are pleased to support applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, race and ethnicity, socio-economic background, gender, sexual orientation, sex, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, as well as those who have skills in Scottish Gaelic or British Sign Language, who have the right skills for the job. 

 We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and actively encourage interviews through the scheme. 

We will consider secondment applications for most fixed-term or temporary positions and in many cases also for permanent positions. If you are interested in applying on a secondment basis and this option is not explicitly mentioned in the job advert, please ask us at the application stage and we will advise you.